Starring: Lucy Dacus, Martha, Tigercats and The Leaf Library
The end of the festival season is upon us and along with it the End of the Road festival (the best!). Very excited to let you know that this year sees four bands performing from the But i Like You PR roster. Hope you’ll be able to catch them if you’re at the festival – mark them in your schedule and let me know if you’re interested in setting up any interviews/sessions.
– All the way from Virginia USA, Matador signing LUCY DACUS brings her spellbinding blend of indie rock and country over to these shores for her first ever trip to the UK. Her debut album No Burden is out on 9 September via Matador.
– DIY punk favourites MARTHA play EOTR for the very first time following the release of their breakthrough record Blisters in the Pit of My Heart out now on Fortuna POP!
– Tigercats’ jangly, effervescent pop nods to their punk roots and spikes the pop punch with anthemic choruses and massive, crunching guitars.
– The Leaf Library make wonderfully woozy, drone-pop tunes about meteorology, the seasons and the incoming sea. Their debut album Daylight Versions is out now. They followed it up with drone record Nightlight Versions. This is their first time at End of the Road
LUCY DACUS – Saturday – Tipi Stage – 3-3.45pm
Lucy Dacus is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s critically acclaimed debut album, No Burden, which was released earlier this year, is out now digitally, with a re-pressing of CD and LP formats coming on 9 September.
WATCH: Video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” – including behind-the-scenes tour hijinks with Lucy and her bandmates
She will be making her debut UK appearance at this year’s End of the Road Festival
Lucy Dacus grew up in Richmond, Virginia; she was adopted at a young age, an experience that informed her curious, openhearted songwriting. No Burden is full of surprises, with sharp lyrical observations, playful turns of musical phrase, hooks that’ll embed themselves in your frontal lobe for days.
3 Sept – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury, UK
6 Sept – The Old Blue Last, London, UK
7 Sept – Sister Ray Ace – instore 6.30pm
“Lucy Dacus has produced a debut album of extravagant promise. This is a rich offering crammed with songs that are heavy with atmosphere and humour, all wrapped round a voice that demands attention.” Uncut 8/10
“Indie darling status awaits.” Mojo
Martha – Saturday – Tipi Stage – 18.45-19.30
Martha released their second album Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart in July, via Fortuna POP! (UK/EU) and Dirtnap Records (US). Produced again by MJ from Hookworms, the album explores the difficulties in staying political, staying passionate and staying punk over the course of eleven expertly crafted pop songs.
Hailing from Pity Me near Durham, Martha play energetic, impassioned power pop with intricate vocal interplay and lush four-part harmonies, informed by 90s indie rock and contemporary garage punk. The band is comprised of J. Cairns (guitar), Daniel Ellis (guitar), Naomi Griffin (bass), and Nathan Stephens Griffin (drums). All four members sing and write the songs.
Their debut album Courting Strong came out in 2014 and was included in NPR’s top 50 albums of that year, winning them the epithet “One of Britain’s best rock bands”.
Watch video for “Goldman’s Detective Agency” here:
“It’s addictive, delirious and madcap, Martha turning anxiety into exuberance.” Uncut
“Winningly, their wit is matched by a thrilling, fizzing set of noisy, melodic songs that ought to inspire utter devition and soundtrack many, many summers of abandon and heartbreak… Martha have triumphed. Legends, as some say.” Record Collector 4*s
Tigercats – Tipi Stage – Friday – 4-4.45
Tigercats are a band from London as ambitious and intelligent as only people who try to shoehorn elements of Prince and the Trojan back-catalogue into a Jonathan Richman song can be. Having honed his songwriting craft in the short-lived but much much-missed Esiotrot, Duncan Barrett recruited sibling/long-time producer Giles (bass), talented songstress Laura (keys) and rhythmic powerhouse Jonny (drums), as well as latest member Paul Rains (guitar, of Allo Darlin’ fame). Their debut album Isle of Dogs was released in 2012 on Fika Recordings and Acuarela Discos.
Their second album Mysteries (out now on Fortuna POP!) is a sophisticated pop record, effervescent and spirited, with care and love poured into every song. The album sums up the sound of a band of outstanding musicians fulfilling their potential and using their talents in the studio to realise their musical vision, retaining their infectious hooks, their heart and their sheer danceability, and coupling it with a bright new contemporary sound. Superbly crafted and full of personality, Tigercats’ second album suggests that they won’t remain a mystery much longer.
Watch video for new single “Rent Control” from the Continental Drift EP out on 26 August via Fortuna POP! and Slumberland.
LONDON LIVE DATE:
31 August – Sebright Arms w/ Slow Down Molasses, Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
“Tigercats are, essentially, purveyors of a kind of melancholic yet celebratory pop music that deserves to reach a wider audience.” The Independent on Sunday
“Tigercats are a very, very good band. The kind of band that make you want to be a teenager again, so they can be your band. “ The Sunday Times
The Leaf Library – Sunday – The Woods – 12.30-13.15
Daylight Versions is the debut full-length album from London quintet The Leaf Library which came out last October via wiaiwya. The record is full of wonderfully woozy, drone-pop tunes about meteorology, the seasons and the incoming sea; from songs about the ghostly Suffolk coastline to the slowly rising waters of London marshes, these ten tracks channel the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo, the spacious repetition of Talk Talk and Movietone’s seaside melancholy to beautiful effect.
The followed this with the release ofNightlight Versions, an instrumental album of ethereal drones based on Daylight Versions. The album’s nine tracks have been stripped of their guitars, drums and vocals, creating a set of drifting ambient pieces that recall Eno’s ghostly ruminations on Ambient 4: On Land, and the nocturnal swirl of Lee Gamble’s Diversions 1994-1996.
The Leaf Library consists of guitarist and songwriter Matt Ashton (previously of John Peel favourites Saloon), Kate Gibson on vocals, bassist Gareth Jones (from Wintergreen) and Lewis Young on drums. Assorted guests will join them for their End of the Road performance including Daniel Fordham from The Drink, Simon Nelson from Cosines and Michael Wood (Whoa Melodic/Singing Adams).
Watch video for “Tilting”
14 September – St Pancras Old Church
“Melancholy wonder on delightful debut.” – The Guardian 5*s
“A charming debut, with songs soaked in atmospheres that conjure thoughts of hazy mists and setting suns.” Uncut