Make sure you come along for Glasswerk's (in conjunction with The Band Agency) first London gig of 2004. Should be an awesome night with a great line-up.
Upstairs at The Garage
20-22 Highbury corner, Holloway Road, London N5 1RD
020 7607 1818
Nearest Tube : Highbury & Islington
All nights doors open 8pm, £5 with flyer / £6 door. Check the thread on the London messageboard in order to get a flyer
Headline first: 10.30pm, 9.45pm, 9.00pm, 8.20pm
January 7th : Jodie May, Primary, Teer, Seven Hours
Jodie Seymour began her journey into the world of music at the age of 6. She wrote her first song when she was 10 years old and never looked back. Jodie spent three years studying Music at the Paul McCartney Music Institute, where she met her band; Henning Dietz (Drums) Steven James (Bass), and Andy Platts (Guitars).
By her third year Jodie had began pursuing her career as a professional singer- Len songwriter, and was making frequent trips to Los Angeles to write and record. A year later, Jodie signed to both Windswept Publishing and Sony Records and promptly began her career as a recording Artist. Jodie spent the last year writing for her album, collaborating with the likes of Steve Bush (Stereophonics), Arron (Skunk Anansie), Martin Terefe (Shea Seger) Matrix (Avril Lavigne) and Albert Hammond.
Jodie has a unique and diverse voice, echoes of Kate Bush crossed with the drive and raw energy of Janis Joplin. Her songs also reflect the originality of her voice.from the solace of 'No Sunshines' to the sassy 'Lipstick On A Dirty Mouth.' Jodie and her band 'MAY' are currently performing a circuit of live gigs in and around London, and are about to begin recording her debut album
Primary are a four piece London outfit playing an energetic, explosive guitar lead sound with killer tunes and catchy melodies
Supporting the likes of the Pogues, The Sultans of Ping and Ben & Jason, their music has a straspheric vibe associated with the likes of U2, Radiohead and The Stone Roses.
Highlights to date include making No 1 on the Radio 1 One Music new band selection, recording at Abbey Road and most recently at Townhouse studios with Jay Reynolds, and producing a professional video (cost 30K) with ITV
“Primary sound like they aren’t trying to be anybody else but themselves” Radio One
“Truly Excellent” Clare Sturgess XFM
Steve Lamacq wrote in his BBBC Radio 1 A&R column: “Primary meanwhile are currently one of the most popular unsigned bands on the Radio1 site. I've lost touch of which Primary is which. There's been a dozen bands called Primary over the past few years, most of them sounding a bit like The Cure. This one doesn't. They remind me of something but I can't quite nail it (is that an off-kilter John Power on vocals? And what's that guitar line on 'Sinners'?). If anything I prefer 'Sirmintol 50' which has an insistent La's-esque chorus and maybe a trace of The Longpigs? The question is: does that make them a decade out of date – or six months ahead of their time? With the tenth anniversary of the start of Britpop around the corner next April who's to say that bands like this won't suddenly find their niche?”
For better or worse, first gigs are always ones to remember. Teer's first three gigs proved to be somewhat memorable owing to technical problems. Says singer Lynn: “My voice nearly went before the first one, we forgot our drummer's cymbals for the second one and our guitarist Greg's amp blew up before third one.”
Hailing from Northants, Teer have been together for just over six months. They've played just a handful of gigs together in that time and at the time of speaking, were awaiting the results of a local battle of a bands competition. “We're tipped to be favourites for the final!” says Lynn. And on the basis of their demo we reckon they've a good chance.
“Heart-felt lyrics, lump in throat vocals and gorgeous soaring guitar lines make it easy to overlook the fact that the production is somewhat shoddy (this is a demo though after all) and to give Teer credit for writing good songs in such a short space of time.” Radio1 one Music
Sounds : link
Combining warring guitars, hard-hitting drums, the basslines of a 70s porn flick and, to quote Elbow's Guy Garvey, 'a hell of a voice', Seven Hours play their own kind of rock n roll. Not the retro cool, fashion-mulleted, purist rock n roll of last century, but rock n roll dragged through muddy blues, smattered with reggae beats and shot through with metal. Even country gets a look in.
With only one line-up change since a group of inspired 18-year-olds decided to form a band after an Incubus gig in 1997, and having emerged musically triumphant from their obligatory long-haired and angry phase, Seven Hours are now firmly established on the Northern music circuit. The multi-faceted nature of their sound has secured them supports with, for example, the [Levellers], Ian Dury's [Blockheads] and [Wishbone Ash].
“Dave Holmes is a real asset to the band as a vocalist… whenever you hear another song by Seven Hours you'll recognise their sound and style right away… If this is a sign of what's to come from Seven Hours then we'll all be treated to a cracking album in the future.” – Victims Of Evolution
“If you haven't already done so, check these guys out… 4.5 fingers in an airborne fist.” – Random
“I remember thinking “If only I lived in a dusty mid-Western American state, so I could cruise along the freeway listening to Seven Hours”… The charismatic voice of singer Dave Holmes greatly complements the band, occasionally evoking the style of American singers such as George Thorogood…”<.i> – LeedsMusicScene