Following the sold out successes of This Feeling’s first #BigIn2018 gig at Nambucca and the weekend residency at Jimmy’s in Manchester, This Feeling are gracing London’s stages once more at The Monarch in Camden this Thursday, and surprise surprise – there are only limited tickets available. Thursday’s offering presents five bands, all of which are set to tear The Monarch a new one.
Brighton based two-piece SONS burst onto the garage punk scene in early 2016 and have been going from strength to strength ever since. They call themselves a ‘truthful’ band who are primarily influenced by the likes of Nirvana and The Deftones, and this is certainly evident from their sound, considering they’re able to make more sound than you could even imagine a band made up of two people would be able to make.
All four of their singles (‘Reptiles’, ‘Zealot’, ‘Rise’ and ‘A Love Song?’) have been heavily rotated by Radio 1, Radio X, 6 Music, Kerrang! Radio and Virgin Radio, as well as impressing the likes of Kerrang Magazine. Their highlights so far have been playing the likes of Great Escape Festival and Reading Festival alike. Frontman Lee says…
“It’s massive for us to be featured in the #BigIn2018 list! When we started the band it was more for a lark than anything else so to have this and be put among some amazing acts like Avalanche Party, Sheafs, Himalayas and Calva Louise is awesome to us. Playing alongside The Velvet Hands at The Monarch is going to be wicked, been a fan for a while so will be good to see them live. Mikey and This Feeling are amazing!”
With a delicate folky jazz vocal and a full backing band, Nadia Sheikh sure knows how to grab an audience’s attention. Originally from L’Alcora, Valencia, Spain, Nadia moved to London for university and has become a singer-songwriter on everyone’s radar. She has an impressive cultural background and has the power to capture anyone and everyone with her enchanting yet powerful voice.
There’s no surprise as to why she has been compared to the likes of Anna Calvi and Bat for Lashes. Nadia has the ability to tell her story through her music, and you will find yourself humming along to the catchy riffs that accompany her powerfully delicate voice for days. I spoke to the leading lady herself, and she’s clearly excited for what the future holds…
“I’m super excited and grateful to be featured on This Feeling’s #BigIn2018. I’m a massive fan of what they do and it’s an honour to be chosen amongst all these other amazing bands. This Feeling really do their best to support and promote new artists and bands and I’m chuffed that they chose me and my music! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s gig, it’s going to be a blast!”
Despite only starting to release material last year, Ulysees Wells has already started to attract friends in high places, with Lars Ulrich (drummer for Metallica) already playing him on his Beats 1 show. Wells has also gained recognition through being heard on both Sky Sports and Radio X, so you can expect him to reach a wider audience in the near future.
‘Taste It’ is backed by searing riffs and fronted by Ulysees’ soulful, bluesy, Jack White-esque vocals. Ulysees Wells is flying the flag for the comeback of gritty rock’n’roll.
The Scruff are a Bedford based four piece who can go from heartfelt and meaningful melodic tracks such as ‘Her’ to classic indie anthems like ‘Leave it Alone’ in the blink of an eye.
Imagine if Kate Nash and DMAs merged and did a collaboration, but Kate Nash had a perfectly styled moustache and Tommy wasn’t from Australia but Bedfordshire instead – that’s what they sound like. I spoke to Jack, the lead guitarist of the band. He said
“To say that we are honoured is an understatement. We’ve been admirers of the This Feeling movement for a long time, so we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. We’ve got some huge plans for this year, so to be listed as one of This Feeling’s #BigIn2018 alongside so many other awesome bands is the perfect start. Zone on!”
The Velvet Hands
They may still be young, but Truro based band The Velvet Hands have a sound so mature and beyond their years that they have already been compared to the likes of The Damned, The Strokes and even The Rolling Stones. It’s evident why from their vintage style and 60s-esque swagger. I spoke to Toby from the band and this is what he had to say.
“It feels good to see so many bands that we love making a dent in the industry, and even better to be dragged along for the ride! It’s great to be backed by something as wonderful as This Feeling”