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Placebo – Tuesday, November 29
This week, Placebo announced the news of their long-awaited 8e studio albums. Nine years after the release of their last release As strong as love, Never let Me Go is confirmed for release on the 25the March 2022. A new track from the album, ‘Surrounded By Spies’, is also announced, along with a flagship tour in 2022… including a Leicester date at De Montfort Hall. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 17.
Baby Strange – Thursday, November 11
The resonance house
The Glasgow Baby Strange trio is made up of Johnny Madden, Connaire McCann and Aidan McCann, the latest evolution of punk rock’n’roll. They have toured relentlessly in recent years, creating a live audience with enthusiasm and fully maintaining their DIY philosophy by creating their own artwork and videos. “The three Glasgow pieces are all leather jackets, spit and scold. The thrills of the Rama Lama guitar will ignite a new generation, it’s arrogant disobedience, outright deviance tuned to guitar, bass and drums “ – Confrontation.
Pink Floydian – Saturday, November 13
2Funky Music Cafe
A Pink Floydian show is more than a concert, it’s a faithful recreation of Floyd at his best.
Chapter and verse – Saturday, November 13
The boys from east London who hit the UK scene like they were veterans with a raw, energetic touch of the alt-rock genre. Formed in early 2015, the quartet came together with an immensely diverse taste but a unified vision of creating honest, passionate and impactful tunes. The result is a loud alternative rock cocktail that has been compared to the sound of Circa Survive, Crooks UK and Saosin.
Emma Stevens – Tuesday, November 16
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens is a regular on the UK airwaves with Radio 2’s playlist tracks from her 2014 debut album “Enchanted” and “Waves”. Emma also charmed the creators of likes and blogs – Louder Than War described his music as “It’s pop, it’s folk, it’s indie, it’s kitsch, it’s wonderful”. She has toured with The Kooks and Feeder, and worked with a variety of artists including Kate Nash, Passenger and Jenn Bostic.
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Wednesday November 17th
Glasgow-grown indie rock at its best.
GNOD – Wednesday November 17
The resonance house
A psychedelic Mancunian collective drawing on influences as disparate as afro-beat, krautrock, drone, noise and jazz. GNOD’s music revolves and expands around an ever-evolving line-up, invoking the freak ‘n’ roll of Ash Ra Tempel, the motorik beat of Neu! and the groove of the early Can. Their release with White Hills, “Drop Out… II”, was declared the best album to be released from Manchester in 2010.
MAINTENANCE – MOUTH CULTURE
Mouth Culture is the hottest new property in Leicester’s music scene. If you love Wolf Alice and The 1975 put these guys on your radar. Their December show at Firebug sold out in less than 10 minutes, with tickets already selling fast for their biggest title yet, at the Y Theater in May 2022. We caught up with them to find out more.
Mouth Culture are the latest Leicester greats to watch, what’s it like to burst at the top of the local scene?
First of all thank you, you are too kind! But it’s kinda crazy to be honest, we’ve been playing Leicester since we were teenagers in different bands, and to see how the scene has grown over the years is amazing. Selling sold-out shows and booking venues like The Y is so foreign to us, but we’re so excited to be diving into it.
How did you find it as a group during the lockdown when it should have been such an exciting time for you?
It was tough at first, we had tours and release plans that were all thrown out the window. But it came as a sort of blessing in disguise, we all live together and this first lockdown gave us a lot of time to find our sound and experiment. We were writing everyday and discovering new music all the time, we really focused on the music and made it our outlet for what was going on for us at the time. Obviously all of us caged together created some tension, but we’re in a much better place now for that, we’re family (insert the Fast and Furious meme here) So throw us in the smallest van you can find, Chuck take us around the country and we’ll be sounddddd. The “These Days Mixtape” is really the sound of us carving out our place through music in a difficult situation.
Your next Firebug gig sold out in minutes, what can people expect from the show?
We can’t say too much about it, but we’ve played Firebug a few times now, and all we’ll say is we want to make this one a little bit special. This is the last gig of our little UK tour, so we want to come home in style.
Tell us a bit about the background of the group?
We were born and raised in Leicester. Everyone has been playing music with each other for almost 10 years in one form or another. Mason and Jacob are cousins, they have been playing together since the age of 13, they met Chris at the college in Leicester, while they were studying music. These three played in a few different bands and met Jack while performing with his band at venues like Lock 42, The Cookie and The Soundhouse. Jack and Todd met while working together for a vintage clothing brand, the couple quickly became best friends, Todd needed a place to stay, so he ended up moving in with Jack. Todd grew up playing acoustic gigs in pubs, with an unhealthy obsession with Ed Sheeran.
How would you describe mouth culture for someone who is unfamiliar?
A big hit from 90s and 2000s grunge and radio / indie rock, infused with some Hip-Hop and R&B influences.
What’s your favorite thing about the Leicester stage?
The Leicester scene spent a good chunk of its time saturated with hardcore and various metal / rock bands, it was hard to get into LC if you were trying to be anything other than that. I guess our favorite thing now is the diversity that we experience in the scene, it really feels like it’s alive. Leicester is such a culturally diverse city, and now it finally feels like you’re making the most of it.
If someone is listening to you for the first time, which song should they start towards?
“These days” for sure. That sort of sums up where we are stylistically at the moment and gives you a good idea of where we are heading.
Which 3 groups would be part of your “For fans of” section?
What are your hopes for the next 12 months?
Play an incredible show at Theater Y next year, step into the festival circuit and take part in bigger tours. We’re currently writing another album, so you can expect that next year as well.
Where can people find out more?
Follow us “@themouthculture” on all of our social networks, and visit www.mouthculture.com for tickets, merchandise and to subscribe to our mailing list!
Come see us at a show if you really want to see what we’re talking about, the next Leicester show you can get tickets for is the Y Theater on May 7, 2022. Tickets are available at www.mouthculture.com/tickets
Our debut EP, “These Days Mixtape” is out November 19th, so be sure to follow us on Spotify or wherever you usually get your music.
This week in our latest playlist, we feature some of the acts you’ll be able to see live in Leicester over the next few weeks. Listen and buy tickets.
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