Let’s Buy Happiness - Shields - Eliza and the Bear - Child - Blank Maps play The Cluny, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle from 7.00pm as part of Evolution Emerging.
Let’s Buy Happiness 10.30+
Having formed over a mutual love of North American alternative rock, the 5-piece outfit consisting of Sarah Hall (vocals), James Hall (guitar/keys), Graeme Martin (guitars), Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums); began playing local shows in their hometown (Newcastle).However it wasn’t long before their melodic, melancholy songs took them to greater heights. The self-released 'No Hot Ashes EP' garnered much local and national attention and with their self-released singles Six Wolves, Fast Fast and Dirty Lakes, the band have twice been invited to Maida Vale Studios in London for both BBC Radio 6 and Radio 1. Dirty Lakes was also included on Spotify's "Songs of 2011" list, showcasing all the best music during that term.Within a year of playing their debut show in a small Newcastle pub, the band were invited by Michael Eavis to perform at Glastonbury 2010 on the John Peel stage alongside Foals, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons and The XX.
Shields 9.45 – 10.15pm
In a town where music heritage is long and illustrious stretching back over several decades, Luke Elgie, Rich Sutton & Tom Larthe met amongst the chosen few who gathered to study ‘Popular & Contemporary Music’ and hone their understanding of their chosen instruments. Their immediate conversations discussing shared musical luminaries, made them aware of their clear desire to be in a band and to create innovative beat-driven pop music, that is both interesting and influential, as far removed from the soulless and generic music that the world finds itself incessantly subjected to today. SHIELDS remain unique and once they are in your head, they are yours to fall for.
Eliza and the Bear 9.00-9.30pm
‘Upon The North’ will be, to many people, an appropriate introduction to Eliza and the Bear. It encapsulates the joyous instrumentation and powerful vocal melodies that propel this band, allowing them to be as exciting on record as they are live. Dominated by chants of the refrain “I spent summers awake, hiding in rivers and lakes”, it’s a nostalgia trip back to teenage dreams. "A band who will make you party come what may. 'Upon the North' is equally exultant and jubilant." The Guardian New Band of the Day
Child 8:15 – 8:45pm
Child formed in late 2012 consisting of lifelong friends; Daniel Mason (vocals, keys), Martin Dagg (guitar), Jonathan Gray (guitar), Jon Sandwith (bass) and David Burlace (drums). Housing themselves in a converted-barn in Sunderland, the Alternative/Indie Rock quintet spent the Summer and Autumn period writing and re-developing their style, alongside producer Mick Ross. The band settled on the name Child, due to the re-birth in sound from the roots of their former group, We Beat The System. Their debut single is set for release in Spring 2013 to coincide with dates across the UK.
Blank Maps 7.30-8.00pm
The band formed in 2010 following a degree course performance and a decision to become 'a real band'. Though Blank Maps were conceived and hatched in Newcastle, its members hail from all corners of the UK; Newcastle, Sunderland, York and Oxford. After two years of gigging, writing and polishing their chillingly textured soundscapes, what has emerged with 'Blank Maps' has been likened to acts such as The XX, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Friendly Fires and Foals. Armed with lofty effect-laden guitars, sophisticated technical riffs and Thom Piddock's spine-tingling falsetto, Blank Maps have already enjoyed airplay on 6Music, and being play listed on Amazing Radio, as well as being featured on Tom Robinson’s podcast.