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Bad Sounds Friday 17th August at Banquet Records 6:00pm On the day that their debut album is release, the Bath duo Bad Sounds play in the shop for the first time. The new album from the addictive indie-hip-poppers is titled Get Better, it's full of woozy and summery jams that are so infectious and will have you nodding along. Fans of Superfood, Gengahr, Ten Tonnes and Cage The Elephant will be into this. “Hello and welcome. We’d like to take this time to invite you to get better. Take a deep breath. Stop what you’re doing and get better...” In-store Grade C. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Get Better from us. CD | LP
Spring King Thursday 30th August at Banquet Records, 6:00pm On the evening before the release of their new album, Spring King return to play in the shop. The band's second full length, titled A Better Life follows on from their acclaimed debut Tell Me If You Like To. Super infectious indie-rock with plenty of fun and energetic vibes. We've been big fans for a long while now, if you're into the likes of The Vaccines, Fidlar and Vampire Weekend then give this a listen. A thundering procession of party-hard anthems from the newly invigorated, sonic northern powerhouse, A Better Life is produced once again by Tarek, who won the Self-Producing Artist of the Year at the Music Producer’s Guild Awards 2017 for his work on Spring King’s debut. Musically, however, A Better Life is a triumphant progression of their previous material and the sound of the band truly understanding their own power. In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of A Better Life from us. CD | LP
Homebound Friday 31st August at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Just after the release of their new EP More To Me Than Misery, the Farnham pop-punkers, Homebound, return to the shop for an acoustic set. Massive and aggressive songs with big hooks and anthemic choruses that's a must for fans of Trash Boat, The Story So Far, Boston Manor and Knuckle Puck. More to Me Than Misery draws on the many pitfalls when searching for happiness in love and life. Last year was possibly the best and worst of my life for the very same reasons and you begin to fear the very things that once made you who you are. Honesty is a strong theme throughout the record, not just lyrically but I feel it transpires right through to the very core of everything we did with MTMTM. We treated the whole process like it was the last thing we might ever do as a band and I believe that’s made for the best collection of songs we’ve written to date. There’s certainly no hiding the fact that it’s a sharp change from the previous HOMEBOUND but it’s definitely the closest representation of the band we want to become.” In-store Grade C, come on down. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of More To Me Than Misery from us. 12" | CD
Boston Manor Wednesday 12th September at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Just after the release of their new album, Boston Manor return to the shop. Following on from their incredible and critically acclaimed debut full length Be Nothing, the Blackpool alt-rockers are back in Kingston for an all ages set in the shop to celebrate the release of Welcome To The Neighbourhood. Branching well out from their pop-punk roots, the newer songs are sounding like an energised blend of alt-rock soaked in darkness and melancholy. We're big fans and you should be too, make sure you check this lot out if you're into the likes of The Wonder Years, Black Foxxes, Movements, Elder Brother or Knuckle Puck. In the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, Blackpool was this booming town. It was a holiday destination, a place where you can go to forget all your troubles and now things here are just so f*cked up – there are huge drug problems and a 40 per cent unemployment rate in the winter. It was once this beautiful thing and it’s become a little bit broken." But the theme is also laced with hope. “I’m just trying to draw attention to a few issues,” continues Henry. “The things that are important to my generation are just so trivial in my eyes, but who am I to say? I can’t really offer any immediate solutions, but I can try to throw a bucket of cold water on some of my peers, to just get them to feel more and think more and not be so apathetic.” In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Welcome To The Neighbourhood from us. CD | LP
The Drop Friday 14th September at Banquet Records, 6:00pm On the day their long awaited debut album is released, the awesome roots-reggae outfit The Drop will visit the shop to play an in-store set. We're super excited to hear and see more tracks from Last Stand. Grown out of their small-town suburban roots to speak to the trudging nation, The Drop have established themselves touring the UK festival circuit and self releasing a string of singles and EPs, gaining a loyal grassroots following along the way. Marrying jump-up grooves, down & dirty bass, epic walls of sound and clever lyricism they create a mesmeric stage show, captivating the audience from the first track to the reluctant last. In-store Grade C, come on down. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Last Stand from us. Albums+Tickets will all be collected from the shop of the day of the in-store, please just bring along your order numbers. CD | LP