We’ve been told for years guitar music’s dead.
Where’s the next big band gonna come from?
They’re here, right here, right now…..
In part one of our This Feeling Alive tour preview we spoke about headliners Bang Bang Romeo, The Shimmer Band, Blackwaters and the fantastic work the This Feeling team have done over the past eleven years. This time we count down to each event, looking at the venues and the special guests.
Gig four… Leaving Birmingham as a mere speck in the distance, the bands hit historic town York, where the next venue on the tour is Fibbers.
The home of Shed Seven, there aren’t many bands that haven’t played the iconic York venue, Fibbers. From Kasabian to Ian Brown, Coldplay to Peter Hook, the venue has been the host to hundreds of sell out gigs with all of our favourite artists. The venue always features the best international, national and local live music and has a solid reputation for been the main player on the York live music scene.
Joining Bang Bang Romeo, The Shimmer Band and Blackwaters will be Sheafs, from Sheffield.
Sheafs are here to shake up your world, brimming with natural charisma and confidence, the band are currently killing the nations gig/festival circuits. They released their debut EP, ‘Nobody’s Watching’ in November 2016 which was played on Sheffield’s BBC Introducing and on BBC 6 Music, receiving rave reviews. They also beat 400 other bands to become the well deserved winners of Virgin Radio’s Fresh Fest 2017.
Raucous in yer face punk rock reminiscent of (whisper it) the Arctic Monkeys. Seriously, that great. One of the stars of this summer’s festival circuit, judging by the reaction (nuts) it’s when, not if, they step up to the main stages.
They’ve also just had their latest release ‘Mind Pollution‘ played on BBC Introducing East Midlands on Huw Stephens show. I spoke to the band how it feels to join the stellar line up on the Alive tour.
A movement like This Feeling is a once in a generation occurrence. To have such irrefutable talent and unshakeable passion in one place is something that very few are lucky enough to witness firsthand. Each This Feeling night is a spectacle in itself, a place in which people who have a vision for the future of guitar music can come together to be themselves in an atmosphere that celebrates difference, music and a rapidly growing sub-culture. As a band, it is an immense pleasure to be a part of This Feeling in it’s raucous and exhilarating youth – a time before the rest of the world, inevitably, opens their eyes and joins the party.
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The following headliners play all gigs…
THE SHIMMER BAND
The Shimmer Band have released five singles so far (‘Freedom’, ‘Shoot Me Baby‘,`What is Mine’, ‘Sunkick’, ‘Jacknife and the Death Call’) but they’ve gained such a huge following in so little time doing serious damage at this summer’s festivals. The band make soaring euphoric electronica-infused indie with nods to late ’90s Verve, U2, Doves and Kasabian. Arenas await these lot but academies will get their roof well and truly blown off come October.
BANG BANG ROMEO
Bang Bang Romeo’s song ‘Johannesburg’ is the perfect introduction to rising Doncaster four-piece guitar band. A sound layered Hammond, brass, Ennio Morricone-esque warbly reverb and overarching magnetism of lead singer Anastasia Walker. Her voice is Shirley Bassey raised on a diet of The Last Shadow Puppets, The National, and Fleetwood Mac. Anthemic, stadium-ready new single ‘Chemical‘ is out now.
Formed at University in Guildford three years ago, indie rockers Blackwaters make clever, raw indie punk and are a perfect outfit to sit beside bands like The Libertines. The band currently only have a handful of singles online and with their Dead Kennedys-esque energy and Essex-raised singer Maximillion Tanner’s Jamie T-esque ear for pop hooks, the band are all set to explode.