Sierra are in an odd fix. Having made the choice to establish roots in Bristol at the beginning of 2020, any plans for Thekla takeovers were shortly thwarted by pandemic mundanity.
‘I’ve been here for 12 months and have only been able to do things for a month of that. I don’t really feel like a proper Bristolian yet, even though I’ve been living here...
As God’s Head Tower was undergoing a transformation, playwright and poet Deborah Gearing sat and watched. The Turnkey’s Wife, a collection of poetry she produced during her tenure as artist in residence, is an exercise in finding the gaps, cracking open our remembered history to search for what we may have missed. As old bricks are lifted, it becomes difficult to ignore the reality of the people, individuals with lives, that occupied these rooms before us....
University of Bristol a cappella group Academy have been nominated for five awards at the prestigious CARA awards ceremony for their 2020 album Exhibit A.
Lauren Luiz is girlhouse. Her career already forged in the fires of WILD, alongside various showtunes in her acting career, now her solo project takes a sparkling indie pop turn.
Newest single ‘loaded gun’ seems purpose-built to slot in comfortably alongside playlists of Soccer Mommy, Sidney Gish and the like.
We sat down with Bristol-based The New America and spoke about loving your city, even when a pandemic makes it seem terribly distant.
There’s a certain compulsion within me to assume all bands live in some Geordie Shore-esque set up, cohabiting, eating breakfast together, there may even bunkbeds.
Past and present begins to blur on Bess Atwell’s newest blown-out-folk single ‘Co-op’.
On the precipice between melancholy and anticipation is perched the recent single from Brighton’s Bess Atwell, released on Real Kind Records. Continuing the singer-songwriter’s proficiency in her niche of lovelorn, syrupy reflective tracks, ‘Co-op’ strains against the constraints of time.
Incensed, booze-soaked rage towards public transport reaches new heights on Loose Articles’ newest single ‘Buses’.
Mundanity is hell. The unerring back-and-forth of work and sleep, only to wake to another day of work is no longer offset by the purgation of a night out. Manchester’s post-punk working girls Loose Articles capture the grinding frustration of taking the bus, exacerbated by anxiety.
'I want to be that person I was looking for when I was younger.' In conversation with Heather Baron-Gracie of Pale Waves
Pale Waves have had a more turbulent year than most, which is saying something.
The band had aimed to record their sophomore release, but being severed from one another in the midst of a pandemic is hardly conducive to an easy ride. Yet, from these less-than-ideal conditions, lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie has managed to grow as a musical leader while maturing into her hyper-visible position as frontwoman.
Promoters who were previously associated with Bristol's Blue Mountain club, which closed in August, have announced an exciting new socially-distanced venue.
For indie kids of a certain age and persuasion, Sarah Records was it. An authentically scrappy underdog, releasing small records that made big waves.
When bands beloved for their youthful disregard for dull convention that dictates that music must sound a certain way — that being off-key is bad, that aspiration should be beyond something to drunkenly yell along to while getting elbowed in a mosh pit — grow up, it can cause friction.
In such strange times as these, it’s only natural to crave something akin to normalcy. Conventional live music events won’t be back on the table for a while yet, but fear not: the city is turning to more innovative prospects, ensuring students can still get their live music fix.
With pubs soon to reopen and social bubbles growing – for better or for worse – lockdown seems to be lifting. At its peak, the period of isolation and detachment left many of us hankering for some genuine connection, to plug the gap that Zoom just couldn’t reach.