We were lucky enough to take some time to pop into the studio and listen to the wonderfully ethereal yet frenetic sounds of the debut Winter Gardens EP last week, their best work to date, this is something to seriously be excited about, more news to follow very soon.
Last call over at our webstore for the ‘Coral Bells’ 7”, the debut single from Winter Gardens. This hand-numbered, limited edition record is pressed on special ‘bone’ coloured vinyl and features an exclusive version of Cocteau Twins’ “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops” - a song you won’t hear anywhere else. We have less than 10 copies left, so grab one now because once they are gone, they are going to stay gone.
So we've chucked some of our favourite tracks from 2019 onto a Spotify playlist for you all to enjoy, hopefully you'll discover your new favourite band or perhaps conclude that we have no taste...? This is Part I of II.
Local favourites, The Mystic Shed, are an energetic heavy psych rock duo from Hastings.
In 2015 a beanpole and a chest of drawers decided to form a band, and went about sounding like utter drivel and donning dodgy haircuts. After a horrific performance at a summer fayre, the duo pulled their socks up, let their hair down, and wazzed out some ear plugs to turn it up to eleven.
After the success of their debut single WG have secured some impressive support slots as well as defining their captivating set. Taking influence from 80's post-punk, Factory, Postcard, 4AD, Creation era bands, they have developed their own 'dream punk' sound, all the ethereal haze of shoegaze and dreampop with the energy of punk. Winter Gardens have managed to secure support slots for The Waves Pictues, Modern English, Say Sue Me, Magic Wands, Charles Howl and opened this year's Rockaway headlined by Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen.
A blast of direct and anthemic indie that’s as infectious as it is heartfelt, the sound of RATS has already seen them burst out of their native hometown Liverpool, with their sizeable ambition lining up the rest of the world in their sights.
The full breadth and power of RATS becomes even more evident when on stage, where they’ve been hailed by fans and critics alike for sounding record-perfect in the live arena, but with a spine-tingling and raw delivery.
With their debut single Weekend gaining over 120,000 streams on Spotify in under two months, it’s clear RATS don’t do things by half measures and now they’re well and truly in it for the long-game.
We are really proud to have our very own Winter Gardens playing alongside The Gallerys and Alibi at a Q&A evening with one of our heroes, Alan McGee. A true legend of the British music industry, Alan will be talking about all things creation and beyond.
Expect some great music and also some fascinating anecdotes.
WOW. We really weren't expecting such an incredible turnout for our debut event, we would like to thank you all for the support and special gratitude to Daisy Coburn, The Kiffs, Winter Gardens and one of our favourites - Penelope Isles. Inspiring, beautiful sets from all.
Moving forward expect to hear updates on our next release very soon, we also plan on hosting more austerity nights at the Blackmarket VIP, so keep up to date on our social medias. LOVE.
So here we have the shimmering dream-punk odyssey from the first band on our roster, the single can be pre-ordered now on a very limited run of only 100, pressed on bone coloured vinyl, the single includes an exclusive Cocteau Twins b-side and digital download.
What an incredible and productive start to the year we have had! Thank you ever so much for all the support we have received so far, We have some very exciting announcements coming up, including the WG/AR debut release.
In just over a week Winter Gardens will be opening the Saturday of Rockaway Beach Festival, their first ever festival appearance.
Rockaway is a boutique festival held at that the Butlins Bognor Regis Holiday resort, focusing on new and unsigned artists. Playing alongside some truly inspirational established musicians, the lineup this year has just got better and better.
Be sure to catch us for some free austerity goodies and Winter Gardens merchandise.
Nobody likes austerity, let's forget all the stigma that's attached to the word, this label is not advocating, glamorising, promoting or capitalising on this current affair.
Austerity was started by two mates Garry and Jim, who were consistently finding themselves going to the same independent gigs in Brighton, with a passion for new and upcoming artists, they decided to combine this mutual admiration for local music start their own indie label 'austerity records' - a label to encourage and form a platform for new, upcoming and passionate artists in the South East. Winter Gardens are the first exciting member of the family, with some rather impressive festival and support slots under their belts, WG will release thier first single on austerity records early next year, watch this space!