London-based trio Dream Wife have announced their new EP, ‘Fire’, and shared the title track.
Following the EP’s release on 29 September, they’ll be setting out on a headline UK tour in October, culminating in their biggest headline show yet at Scala on 25 October.
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Minus The Bear have released their sixth album, ‘VOIDS,’ and are backing it with a string of UK dates in the summer.
The Seattle band play Scala on 6 June with support from Joan of Arc. Continue reading Minus The Bear bringing ‘VOIDS’ to Scala
Fatherson | The Hospital Club | 11 May 2016
Fatherson’s debut album sounds like a young band finding their feet. The songs are definitely there; the confidence perhaps not.
But two years on the road can be transformative. And tonight the three young men from Kilmarnock – all 23 – deliver an outsized performance more suited to Wembley Stadium than a soulless function room. Their energy and enthusiasm barely contained by a too-small, too-low stage, the trio plus touring guitarist roll out one giant chorus after another. In the process, Ross Leighton, Marc Strain, and Greg Walkinshaw reveal how the songs from 2014’s ‘I Am An Island’ have grown in the live arena, while showcasing the forthcoming ‘Open Book’ with tunes that are even more anthemic.
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Will Varley | Scala | 10 March 2016
“Are you all in the right place?” Will Varley asks as he’s greeted by a capacity Scala audience cheering, clapping, and shouting his name.
Self-deprecation aside, he’s visibly moved by the welcome. And although he’s obviously thrilled to have sold out the iconic London venue, he wastes no time making it his own, immediately creating a warmth and intimacy that’s only possible with the “one man and a guitar” format.
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Ex Hex | Scala | 2 November 2015
There are two types of new bands: those that imitate and those that assimilate. Ex Hex are definitely the latter: like all the best before them, the trio have processed their influences into a sound and identity all their own.
So their debut album, ‘Rips’, puts a unique spin on the power-pop formula. Clocking in at just 35 minutes, and relying on nothing more than guitar, bass, and drums, the focus is on the punchy songs themselves. There’s little time for rock star posing or musical heroics. And so it is on the Scala stage tonight.
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Ex Hex have heralded their biggest UK headline tour yet with a no-nonsense cover of ‘All Kindsa Girls’.
Their version of The Real Kids hit comes ahead of their upcoming shows that kick off on 2 November 2015 at Scala in London.
The eight-date trek, that features support from Jacuzzi Boys and also takes in places like Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, and Manchester, caps a busy year for the Washington, DC power trio.
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