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Holding Absence Wednesday 6th March at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Just before the release of their highly anticipated debut full length, Holding Absence visit the shop to play a stripped back set and a signing session. They've been rising rapidly and are certainly a band to watch this year. Monumental songs that fuse a wave of emotion with melodic post-hardcore instrumentation. If you're into the likes of Casey, PVRIS, Architects or Movements, then you'll definitely find something in Holding Absence. To feel is to be human and to be human is the most pure thing we have in this life. By breaking down the barriers of what we feel everyday, Holding Absence are diving into the deepest corners of our psyche and pulling out feelings that we didn’t even know we had the capacity to conjure. In many ways, this band is merely a catalyst for something much bigger than just guitars and bass and drums and words, and that’s something that Lucas has realised more and more as time has gone on.“Someone once came up to me and said that Holding Absence is the sound of every big emotion I have ever felt, all of the happiness and all of the sadness. It made me think that there is so much more to this than just making music.” In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Holding Absence from us. CD | LP
Swmrs Friday 15th March at Banquet Records, 6:00pm All tickets are for collection at our shop on the evening of the in-store. Please bring your order number with you. Just before their 18+ show at The Fighting Cocks, SWMRS play an all ages set in the shop. A month after the release of the band's second full length album Berkeley's On Fire, the alternative party-rockers return to Kingston. "When we were writing these songs we were very conscious of our role in creating a space for people to escape from the nonstop negative media cycle," co-frontman Cole Becker says regarding the record's lyrical content. "It's a strange time to be young; our generation knows the duality of feeling like an unstoppable force for change in one moment and a powerless wreck in the next. We wanted these songs to document that feeling that we've observed closely in ourselves and in the people we've shared our music with over the past three years." In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Berkeley's On Fire from us. CD | LP
Unkle Monday 1st April at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Just after the release of his new full length album, UNKLE returns to the shop to play a DJ set. The Mo' Wax mainman, DJ, Composer, remixer and overall hugely influential artist was last here celebrating the release of The Road: Part 1 but he's now coming back in honour of The Road: Part 2 with another one of his fantastic and engaging electronic DJ sets. Following on from the critically acclaimed The Road: Part I, James Lavelle's UNKLE returns with the follow up The Road: Part II / Lost Highway, split across two parts with 22 tracks, James described this journey as having "more of a mixtape aesthetic being the ultimate road trip". In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of The Road: Part 2 from us. CD | LP New In
Rozi Plain Thursday 4th April at Banquet Records, 5:30pm The day before her new full length solo album is released Rozi Plain visits the shop. Playing her finely crafted and extremely delightful indie-folk songs. Rozi Plain has been making music since her brother taught her a few chords on the guitar aged 13. Raised in Winchester, she spent a few years studying art and painting boats in Bristol, where she began collaborating with long-term friends Kate Stables (This Is The Kit) and Rachael Dadd among many others on a thriving local scene. It was there that Rozi made her first two albums, 2008’s Inside Over Here and 2012’s Joined Sometimes Unjoined, each works of deliciously sad and beautiful pop full of heart-wrenching harmonies dotted with unexpected instrumental flourishes. Released in April 2015 on Lost Map and featuring contributions from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor among others her last album Friend was a deeply meaningful and wonderfully measured ode to memory, place, companionship and music’s remarkable power as an emotional salve. A companion album of remixes, unreleased tracks and radio sessions, Friend Of A Friend, was released in 2016. In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of What A Boost from us. CD | LP