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Evolution Emerging 2014 Lineup Announced

Generator is very pleased to announce the full lineup for EVOLUTION EMERGING 2014

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SATURDAY 24th MAY, OUSEBURN VALLEY, NEWCASTLE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW - £3 Gig Entry / £5 Gig Plus Aftershow

Doors 7PM+ / All Venues 18+ / Aftershow 10.30PM-3AM / Wristband Exchange open from 4.00-9.30pm

Generator announces the biggest Evolution Emerging lineup yet with THE LAKE POETS, BOY JUMPS SHIP, BRIDIE JACKSON & THE ARBOUR, BLESSA, GALLERY CIRCUS, SAM FENDER, VINYL JACKET, FÉ, ROSSI NOISE & MANY, MANY MORE! 

To see the FULL LINEUP, CLICK HERE

With over 500 artist submissions this year, Generator are squeezing as much talent into one night as possible. Evolution Emerging 2014 features the very best emerging artists from the North East, special guest headliners and our favourite new artists from across the UK unearthed through the agency’s Tipping Point blog and a new partnership with independent music publisher Sentric Music.

On Saturday 24th May 40 artists will take over 9 venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. Tickets are available now (£3 for Gig Entry / £5 for Gig Entry Plus Aftershow) from http://www.evolutionemerging.com and are also available to buy at the Cluny from Monday 17th March.

Evolution Emerging is supported by Arts Council England, ERDF and PRS for Music Foundation.

 

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Artist Focus #001 - Let’s Buy HappinessHaving formed over a mutual love of North American alternative rock, the 5-piece outfit consisting of Sarah Hall (vocals), James Hall (guitar/keys), Graeme Martin (guitars), Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums); began playing local shows in their hometown (Newcastle).However it wasn’t long before their melodic, melancholy songs took them to greater heights. The self-released ‘No Hot Ashes EP’ garnered much local and national attention and with their self-released singles Six Wolves, Fast Fast and Dirty Lakes, the band have twice been invited to Maida Vale Studios in London for both BBC Radio 6 and Radio 1. Dirty Lakes was also included on Spotify’s “Songs of 2011” list, showcasing all the best music during that term.Within a year of playing their debut show in a small Newcastle pub, the band were invited by Michael Eavis to perform at Glastonbury 2010 on the John Peel stage alongside Foals, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons and The XX.
Self described as ”melodic soundscapes slapped on driving rhythm sections” James Hall’s older sister Sarah was asked to front the band in mid 2009 gaining applause from The Guardian… “a voice that connotes angelic purity”… and Q Magazine… ”Imagine a female-fronted Shins.”
Sean Adams, editor of Drowned In Sound has become an avid fan, describing Let’s Buy Happiness as… “one of the most thrilling new bands I’ve seen in years”
As well as supporting the legendary Primal Scream at Electric Brixton, LBH have toured the UK with Frankie and The Heartstrings; and We Were Promised Jetpacks, gathering a large fan base on their travels. Other supports include Idlewild, The Temper Trap, Vivian Girls, HEALTH,  Sky Larkin and The Futureheads.
With a successful UK Summer Tour under their belts, followed by numerous festival appearances; shows in Dublin and Italy; live sessions for Simon Raymonde (Bella Union); a Daytrotter Session; plus warmly received, self-released single ‘Works Better On Paper’, as well as wooing the collective souls of the Communion Music family…
Since playing Evolution Emerging 2010, Let’s Buy Happiness return from SXSW in Texas and Canadian Music Week to headline this year’s event at The Cluny 10.30+ Saturday 25th May.

Artist Focus #001 - Let’s Buy Happiness

Having formed over a mutual love of North American alternative rock, the 5-piece outfit consisting of Sarah Hall (vocals), James Hall (guitar/keys), Graeme Martin (guitars), Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums); began playing local shows in their hometown (Newcastle).However it wasn’t long before their melodic, melancholy songs took them to greater heights. The self-released ‘No Hot Ashes EP’ garnered much local and national attention and with their self-released singles Six Wolves, Fast Fast and Dirty Lakes, the band have twice been invited to Maida Vale Studios in London for both BBC Radio 6 and Radio 1. Dirty Lakes was also included on Spotify’s “Songs of 2011” list, showcasing all the best music during that term.Within a year of playing their debut show in a small Newcastle pub, the band were invited by Michael Eavis to perform at Glastonbury 2010 on the John Peel stage alongside Foals, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons and The XX.

Self described as ”melodic soundscapes slapped on driving rhythm sections” James Hall’s older sister Sarah was asked to front the band in mid 2009 gaining applause from The Guardian… “a voice that connotes angelic purity”… and Q Magazine… ”Imagine a female-fronted Shins.”

Sean Adams, editor of Drowned In Sound has become an avid fan, describing Let’s Buy Happiness as… “one of the most thrilling new bands I’ve seen in years”

As well as supporting the legendary Primal Scream at Electric Brixton, LBH have toured the UK with Frankie and The Heartstrings; and We Were Promised Jetpacks, gathering a large fan base on their travels. Other supports include Idlewild, The Temper Trap, Vivian Girls, HEALTH, Sky Larkin and The Futureheads.

With a successful UK Summer Tour under their belts, followed by numerous festival appearances; shows in Dublin and Italy; live sessions for Simon Raymonde (Bella Union); a Daytrotter Session; plus warmly received, self-released single ‘Works Better On Paper’, as well as wooing the collective souls of the Communion Music family…

Since playing Evolution Emerging 2010, Let’s Buy Happiness return from SXSW in Texas and Canadian Music Week to headline this year’s event at The Cluny 10.30+ Saturday 25th May.

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ARTIST FOCUS #029 - THE LAKE POETS

The Lake Poets is Sunderland’s Martin Longstaff. He’s been playing and writing since 2010. Now he’s one of, if not the most talked about new voices in The North East. He’s played Glastonbury; supported Willy Mason, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly and The Futureheads; and when he launched his debut single ‘City by the Sea’ in April, he sold out The Sage Gateshead’s Hall Two three months in advance. The sound is a kind of Northumbrian indie-folk, the song’s revolving around love, Longstaff’s life and his past, tracing his heritage back to the Sunderland shipyards his grandad worked in.

His songs are full of optimism and pride as well as having a ponderous, wan tone. He sings of the folk-lore of where he’s from while acknowledging his town’s difficulties. But then, you have to love something pretty deeply to talk (or sing) affectionately of its difficulties. Here are some great lyrics from his new single:

‘Yes it’s cold and it’s hard where I come from / And you do what your dad did, or you don’t quite belong./ Forget all that, cause we’ll do as we please, / There is life in my city by the sea.’

What he shares with the likes of Wordsworth and Coleridge – the original Lake Poets – is an incredible earnestness. There’s a real wisdom to his songs without their trying to be clever, and nothing artificial about the set-up. Though sometimes joined by musician friends when playing live, it’s often just Martin, his guitar and his clear, organic voice. ‘Marvellous,’ in Tom Robinson’s words.

‘City by the Sea’ is out now on Tiny Lights. The Lake Poets are also opening the main stage at the Evolution Festival.

Martin Longstaff (aka The Lake Poets) is playing a very intimate, stripped back set at Blank Studios for The Polite Room and Amazing Radio.

The gig is very exclusive, with only about 15 places available for each of our 6 artists. For a chance to see The Lake Poets, you need to follow @EvoEmerging on Twitter and wait for a unique hashtag codeword for the band to be revealed 10 minutes before their secret performance time. The first 15 people to quote the correct codeword on the door for The Lake Poets will be allowed in.

Words by Jonnie McAloon

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ARTIST FOCUS #028 - MR BEN SIR

Mr Ben Sir are a recording collective, two of whom were in Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire. Their Debut EP of last September – the ‘Transport’ EP – was characterised by and lauded for its wistful, graceful Americana. They have been championed by Radio 2’s Steve Lamacq and 6Music DJ Tom Robinson, who described their sound as ‘chilled and effortless.’ Their latest single ‘Cameras Don’t Click’ was released in March through The Calico Print, and takes a brighter tone, with its rapid, Ben Folds-style narration.

They play Americana which neither stays set in America, nor transplants the basic form to the North East of England, but rather makes the conversation between England and America its theme. ‘My Victoria’ is about a voyage across the Atlantic from America to England. Ben Charlesworth’s voice has been compared to Matt Berninger’s of The National. They are currently working on a couple of new EPs, one of which is beats orientated.

Mr Ben Sir are playing a very intimate, stripped back set at Blank Studios for The Polite Room and Amazing radio.

The gig is very exclusive, with only about 15 places available for each of our 6 artists. For a chance to see Mr Ben Sir, you need to follow @EvoEmerging on Twitter and wait for a unique hashtag codeword for the band to be revealed 10 minutes before their secret performance time. The first 15 people to quote the correct codeword on the door for Mr Ben Sir will be allowed in.

Words by Jonnie McAloon

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ARTIST FOCUS #027 - BEN WATSON

Heaton’s Ben Watson plays Alt-folk. He cites Elvis Perkins and The Felice Brothers as influences. The music is Tim Buckley-esque, whereas Watson’s rougher vocal is more in tune with Jeff Buckley at his rockier moments. Watson’s is a forthright voice which nicely crackles and cracks on the delicate bits.

His 5 track EP ‘Folk Singers, Blowjobs and Broken Hearts’ was released at the start of this month.

‘The Dead House’ has the feel of gospel-influenced Americana, at times reminiscent of local singer-songwriter Paul Handyside of Hurrah! On ‘Jetsetter’, Watson produces many an authentic possessed in-the-marrow blues howl. But ‘East of St. Anne’s,’ with its rich lyrical sense, conquers through understatement. He’s an artist who believes that the lyrics are as important as the music, and his words are informed by the books he reads as well as life around him. My favourite line is: “In another empty room she shone like a trombone / shines out in the sun.”

He is in the process of recording a new EP for the end of the summer.

Ben Watson plays at The Tanners at 7.45pm and at The Polite Room at Blank Studios (Time TBA on Twitter #EvoE12)

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Reckoner is Sunderland’s Sean Wilkinson – a man and his guitar – joined by Michael Gullie. They are both twenty years old.

Sean names Laura Marling, Jeff Buckley and Little Comets among his influences. A recent shift in his musical style has been noticed from the more folksie ‘When She Finds a Home’ to the noise-bathed country-blues of his February release, ‘Hope and Grace.’ There’s an impressive thickness and weight to the sound of the record: screams, bass-drum triplets and plenty of feedback. You can hear Stone Roses and Seasick Steve in it. Miraculously, the two-piece manage to achieve the same fat sound live. You can tell the raucous element will work a treat in such a setting. Here is review from Manifesto to back me up:

"No matter how many times you see Reckoner, you’re guaranteed not to see the same show twice; there’s a real raw feel to the performance, a free-wheeling unprocessed vibe forcing the notion that there’s nothing pinned down here, that the set could go anywhere it bloody well likes."

Reckoner play The Tanners at 8.30pm

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ARTIST FOCUS #023 - FATHOMS

When one of the region’s favourite bands O’Messy Life sadly had to pull out of Evo Emerging, it took us all of one minute to decide who we wanted to replace them.

Newcastle’s Fathoms bring you skin ripping riffs, monstrous soundscapes and crushing melodies - perfect for The Tyne Bar!

"Fathoms are a mechanised maelstrom of guitar and drum thunder. Taking the darker howls and moans, along with the intensely earnest face of metal, this band shut it together with a brattier punk thing. It means their sound is more untutored, and might entice a few metal heads who like their punishing gale-force treatment a little tastier than garden variety thrashing. Some of the biting guitar lines give a Doomriders feel to Fathoms as well." NARC. Magazine

Fathoms play The Tyne Bar Stage at 9pm

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ARTIST FOCUS #022 - THE WATCHERS

The Watchers are a 4-piece from Wallsend. The reincarnation of 1862, they have supported acts including The Vaccines, The Charlatans, The Chapman Family and The Futureheads. Barry Hyde can be counted among their fans after he judged them in a battle of the bands and chose them above 50 or so bands to play Split Festival in September 2010.

Their sound is rocky pop with moments of old rhythm and blues and psychedelia. Liam Milne’s vocals are reminiscent of Neil Diamond, but with powerful operatic moments where Matt Bellamy takes over. They like their guitar fx, too: lots of EBow and wah wah. There is always a lead accompaniment doing something a bit acrobatic: a resurrection of rock with a masculine strut, (if it ever died in the first place).

A dedicated live band who take the energy of their performances very seriously, The Watchers are just as hardworking offstage, and have been known to play the verses of a song over and over again for two and a half weeks until they achieve what they want from it.

They have recently been recording their debut album with Danton Supple, who has produced U2, Patti Smith, Morrissey and Doves, which is scheduled for release in the summer.

The Watchers play The Tyne Bar at 7.30pm

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ARTIST FOCUS #020 - NATELY’S WHORE’S KID SISTER

Formed from the members of Flowers of Evil and Grandfather Birds, they even have piqued the interest of more scholarly-minded bloggers, who see NWKS as a distorted mirror image of Grandfather Birds: the ‘knell of winter’ to GB’s autumn and so on… First things first, it’s good that a North East band can excite people this way, as well as in their ears.

Their debut EP ‘Ribs' is released early June. It’s like Factory Records producer Martin Hannett left his mark on something by.. I dunno… Mastodon or something. Industrial fuzz through the prism of sadism. I can imagine this being the soundtrack to a scene in a new high-tech vampire flick, where the trench-coated badass enters the subterranean, supernatural mob-owned nightclub and gets saucy looks from all the nasties: all danger and sexual tension. Perfect. ‘Babies’ is a real stand-out track – sultry and deadly, with its sleazy distorted bass and disconcertingly melodic vocal.

In an interview with Bizzare Magazine, singer John Edgar says the lyrics are usually about “lust and mental health problems”, and that “hopeless and pathetic and lost” sounds are pertinent ones to hear. Their video for ‘I Will Never Feel This Love’ is a 4 minute a close up of the Edgar’s face as sings while being asphyxiated by a noose.

Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister play The Tyne Bar stage at 9.45pm

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ARTIST FOCUS #018 - CROOKED HANDS

Crooked Hands is the brainchild of Chester Le Street’s Christopher Brown. With influences as diverse as Bon Iver and Metallica, their sound is indisputably folk and blues based: with its banjos and bottleneck guitar-work, but with the polyglot sensibility of outfits like Grizzly Bear.

Following live shows in late 2011 and air time on 6 Music for their single ‘Under’, Crooked Hands have been biding their time. This month they released two new tracks as half of an EP: ‘Waldridge Fells’ and ‘Elliot.’

Christopher Brown’s voice has garnered much praise from reviewers. He has an unaffected but affecting falsetto, like Matt Stalker of Matt Stalker and The Fables when he gets all up in your grill. He is also excellent when it comes to harmonies. When listening to Crooked Hands, you don’t get a sense of a 3rd put here and a unison plonked there to bolster a melody line. They do harmonies for their own sake, and know how to make them beautiful with unexpected wanderings, blurs and spectral, dissonant chimes.

They are recording a full EP due for release in August. This Saturday, Brown will be playing an acoustic set at the The Head of Steam supporting The Railway Club and Just Handshakes, if you want to hear some of the band’s new material stripped down.

Crooked Hands play The Cumberland Arms at 7.45pm

Words by Jonnie McAloon

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ARTIST FOCUS #017 - LILLIPUT

Lilliput are a five-piece folk band who transport Laurel Canyon to Sunderland. They cite Steely Dan and Simon and Garfunkel, among others, as influences, and though you can hear the S+G signature clearly in their sound, the most obvious reference point for listeners would be Fleet Foxes. Their single ‘Until’ has that wide, canyonoramic spread of arrangement: guitar harmonics, rattling steel strings and big walls of vocal harmony. Lilliput understand rich textures.

In early April they filmed a wonderful video for ‘Until.’ It follows a mime (drummer, Dan Waterson) plying his trade for a day in Sunderland. One of the best music video’s I’ve seen in ages, it’s like one of the sensitive, oddly powerful interludes in Trigger Happy TV. Their songs have a similar wan storytelling quality to them.

Lilliput play Liverpool Sound City this Friday before playing the Cumberland Arms at Evolution Emerging (8.30pm).

Words by Jonnie McAloon

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ARTIST FOCUS #016 - COLLECTORS CLUB

Collectors Club are a six piece from Middlesbrough. They formed in 2010 and last year played the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park. Their infectious brand of indie pop, with its clean, highlife influenced guitars a la Vampire Weekend, made them the 5th most shared act of the whole festival.

They’ve been quite accurately compared to Little Comets, but this doesn’t take into account their rawer, rocky, Stroksier edge. There is a similarity to 21-era Mystery Jets, or to Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong in their musical makeup: their even balance of pretty hooks to strutting double (or in this case triple) guitar play. And what is more, they don’t jump on the bandwagon of plundering The Futureheads or just singing in an accent and hoping for the best. Joe Smithson’s vocal has soaring, exuberant moments as well as being able to plumb the sombre lows of a Morrissey homage, as in such songs as ‘Not As If You Know Me,’ and ‘Don’t You Want Me No More.’ (Indeed, in the latter there is sometimes an exciting sense of Smithson being both Morrissey and Marr at the same time: playing those high-end thirds on his trebly guitar.)

Their first single ‘First To Know' was released on the 1st of April, and was followed by its video later that month. In August, they’ll be playing the Stockton Weekender main stage along with The Pogues and We Are Scientists.

Collectors Club play The Cumberland Arms at 9.15pm

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ARTIST FOCUS #015 - SYMPHONIC PICTURES

Formed by Dale Knight and Johnny Bond of Detroit Social Club, Symphonic Pictures are a psychedelic five-piece. Citing Bowie, Bacharach and Brian Wilson as influences, you can tell at a listen how important quality music is to this band. Because as fundamentally odd as this may sound, not all bands are that interested in music. Symphnic Pictures are.

They are great at building textures and have a post-Todd Rundgren feel about them: loose comparisons will inevitably be drawn with MGMT and Clor. They certainly share the skill those bands have of being able to smuggle ingenuity into accessible pop songs. Their latest single ‘Feathers’ opens with a Jimmy Webb-esque arrangement. Their musical choices are never the obvious ones, and it’s such a delight to hear. Here is a band for real music lovers: and they’ve even got catchy melodies to keep the plebs happy.

They are currently doing the northern leg of a UK tour, so if you can’t wait till Emerging you’ll have to go to Leeds or Manchester or Sheffield to check them out.

Symphonic Pictures headline the Cumberland Arms at 10pm.

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ARTIST FOCUS #004 - GHOSTS OF OLD BERLIN

Born of the frozen north, Ghosts Of Old Berlin create music that is at once immediate and dark. This four-piece is refining its self-attributed ‘doom pop’ sound.

The band are currently in the midst of an innovative new recording project. Their first single of 2011, the Owen-esque lament for the forgotten fallen ‘Missing all the Flowers’, is already available as a free download, whilst the remaining tracks from their second EP ‘Cool My Heart’, will be subject to a serialised release. It’s like a musical version of Dickens’ Household Words, with ‘Missing All The Flowers’ and ‘Dictated By Days’ already available.

One track per month will emerge, freshly recorded, swathed in original artwork and blinking from the studio lights, until the EP is once again a whole. The songs are ‘dark, evocative and sometimes soothing’, taking an arts for art’s sake approach by inviting listeners to remix and share their music on a free, non-commercial basis here.

Onstage at 7.30pm at the Star & Shadow Cinema