Gigs Of The Week
By Ruth Mitchell on February 21, 2011 in Music
If ‘Interpol v The Police in New Order world’ sounds like your bag and you have £4 to spare, head down to Durham Live on the 25th of February to check out Ambershift. After finally deciding to get his act together in 2007, the bands lead singer Dave Lord christened the band Ambershift in reference to his frequent drinking sessions in and around Newcastle. After a fateful meeting with A & R big shot Dylan White at a Durham service station, the band were given the opportunity to tour with the likes of Electric Six, Kula Shaker and Nine Black Alps. After a line up change in 2009, the band finally got round to recording their debut album, which will be released later this year. £5 in advance, doors open at 8pm.
Local lads Little Comets will be bringing their blend of ‘kitchen sink indie’ music to Northumbria Students Union on the 26th February. Since the release of their debut single ‘One Night In October’ which reached number 3 in the Indie Charts to much acclaim from Radio 1’s Huw Stevens and Zane Lowe, the band have gone on to support The Twang and The Noisettes. Their debut album ‘In Search of Elusive Little Comets’, released on Dirty Hit Records, has been described as a slow starter but their first single from the album ‘Joanna’ definitely picks up the pace. Despite this mixed reception, their reputation for performing impromptu gigs in tube stations and lecture theatres should give you the incentive to check them out in a more traditional atmosphere. Tickets are £8.
On the 27th February Is Shepherd and Honest Thief are showcasing their latest offerings at a record launch at The Cluny. Is Shepherd describes itself as an experimental rock band, mixing soul, rock electronic and occasionally folk. The musical style of the three-piece has a familiar yet unique quality even though the band is as yet unsigned. Their current 6 track album ‘Songs for Sons’ incorporates influences from Radiohead and Portishead, and is available on the 4th of April. Cluny regulars Honest Thief are promoting their album ‘The Sound of Progress’, which mixes Beatlesque sounds with blues and rock rhythms. Tickets are £4.
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