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“Shimmering vocals, soaring synths combined with crunching guitar riffs, there’s something unique and special about this Sheffield 4-piece.” – Gigslutz
“punchy pop riffs, Purest are tapping into the sound of something great. The Sheffield outfit disguise disparity in a shimmering wall of sound determined to drown out all the chaos.” – Dork
Purest have artfully created a hefty slab of noisy rock’n’roll here – complete with a prescription for pop!” – Original Penguin EU
“A sublime dose of shoegaze-indebted pop” – Gigwise
‘A raucous piece of noise rock that doesn’t hold back, it recalls everyone from Ride to Swervedriver in its evocation of unhinged shoegaze’ -Clash magazine

Band Members
James Rolling, Danny Davidson, Richard Bithrey, Ashley Platts

The latest single release ‘Give Up’ written and performed by Purest.

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The Comsat Angels were an English post-punk band from Sheffield,  Named after the J. G. Ballard short story “The Comsat Angels”, the foursome’s original lineup (lasting from 1978 to 1992) consisted of Stephen Fellows (vocals, guitar), Mik Glaisher (drums), Kevin Bacon (bass) and Andy Peake – (keyboards). Their music has been described as “abstract pop songs with spare instrumentation, many of which were bleak and filled with some form of heartache”. They have been credited as being an influence on later post-punk revival bands such as Blacklist, Bell Hollow, Editors and Interpol.

The Comsat Angels sent a copy of their debut EP, “Red Planet”, to John Peel, who liked it and gave the band a session, which Polydor Records picked up and signed the group to their label. The group overall did 4 sessions for Peel’s show and in an interview singer Stephen Fellows praised Peel for helping the band sign to Polydor:

“These days you have singles on the album and singles that are played on the radio and that help sell records, but that kind of thinking wasn’t really as prevalent then.. A band like us didn’t generally get played anyway. If John Peel hadn’t got hold of ‘Red Planet’and given us a session, Polydor probably wouldn’t have heard of us and signed us .Once they had done I don’t think they knew exactly what they had. They left us to get on with it really. I don’t recall any A and R input at all.”

Recorded: 1981-02-03. Broadcast: 09th February 1981.

The complete session recorded by The Comsat Angels on 3rd February 1981 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 9th of that month.

Tracklist: 1. Be Brave (0:07) 2. At Sea (4:02) 3. Eye Of The Lens (8:13) 4. Dark Parade (12:12)

From TIME CONSIDERED AS A HELIX OF SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES: THE BBC SESSIONS 1979 – 1984

Def Leppard are digging deep into their archives for their latest release: it’s a comprehensive box set covering the group’s first three years together.

“The Early Years 79-81” covers this Sheffield group’s first studio recordings and unheard live performances. The band’s debut and sophomore studio albums, 1980’s On Through The Night and 1981’s High N’ Dry, have been newly remastered for this collection by the band’s longtime engineer Ronan McHugh, and will be paired with three bonus discs: a previously unreleased, newly mixed live show from a 1980 gig in Oxford, a collection of studio material and B-sides (including the group’s first EP from 1979 and two unreleased performances from a studio session with Thin Lizzy/Marillion producer Nick Tauber), and a disc of live recordings by the BBC (including a controversial set at the Reading Festival in 1980). (For the many fans coveting just the new remasters of the two albums, they will be available on CD and vinyl!)

Formed from a group called Atomic Mass that featured guitarist Pete Willis and bassist Rick Savage, Def Leppard (which also included lead singer Joe Elliott, guitarist Steve Clark and teenage drummer Rick Allen) earned early acclaim when “Getcha Rocks Off” from their independently-released debut EP (recorded with session drummer Frank Noon) was given heavy rotation on the BBC by John Peel. While On Through The Night reached the Top 15 in the U.K., some felt that the band was more concerned with breaking into the American market; Sounds asked “Have Def Leppard changed their spots?” in a headline. (This article may have led to the band’s rough reception at the Reading Festival, where the crowd threw beer cans at the band.

But one person who was not deterred by the band’s status in England was Robert John “Mutt” Lange, producer of AC/DC’s Back In Black. Def Leppard recruited him for the sessions to High N’ Dry, and a video for “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” garnered early airplay on MTV. This, of course, set the stage for the band’s increased success throughout the ’80s, culminating with the bestselling Hysteriain 1987.

The Early Years 79-81 features new notes from MOJOand Classic Rock writer Paul Elliott (not related to Joe) detailing the band’s first steps toward success alongside rare photos and scans of memorabilia. It’s a fine preview for the band’s summer stadium tour alongside a newly-reunited Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. The box set and remasters will be available March 20th.

Welcome to the world of Sophie & The Giants, practitioners of forward-looking, left-leaning emotional pop: a fresh, raw fusion of the band’s collective influences — which range from Siouxsie and Debbie Harry to Radiohead and Jamie T. The band formed at music college in the spring of 2017 Sophie (vocals and guitar), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar), moving to their adopted hometown of Sheffield shortly afterwards; more recently they’ve been taking their intense, life-affirming and rapidly expanding set of songs on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers.

The Adolescence EP is a brilliantly focused first release by one of Britain’s most exciting new groups. While Sophie continues to toy with justifying her band’s name by putting Bailey, Chris and Toby in heels, the empowering nature of her lyrics means that the ‘giants’ concept has taken on a new meaning: this is music that’s all about standing tall. It’s about owning who you are, Sophie suggests.
“We want people to come together because of our music,” Chris adds. “The important thing is that you need to be yourself.” Adds Bailey: “Life’s full of cliques but our theory is: fuck all that, here’s some music.”

Band Members

Sophie Scott, Toby Holmes, Bailey Stapledon, Chris hill

Sophie And The Giants

Welcome to the world of Sophie & The Giants, practitioners of forward-looking, left-leaning emotional pop: a fresh, raw fusion of the band’s collective influences — which range from Siouxsie and Debbie Harry to Radiohead and Jamie T. The band formed at music college in the spring of 2017 Sophie (vocals and guitar), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar), moving to their adopted hometown of Sheffield shortly afterwards; more recently they’ve been taking their intense, life-affirming and rapidly expanding set of songs on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers.

Fronted by the distinctive voice of Sophie Scott, this Sheffield-based guitar-pop four-piece met at music college in Spring 2017 and released their debut EP, Adolescence, in October. Tom Grennan was so impressed by the band, he had them as support on his European tour last Autumn. Take a listen to the track Waste My Air here.

Band Members
Sophie Scott, Toby Holmes, Bailey Stapledon, Chris hill

Tramlines @ Hillsborough Park, Sheffield ,Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July

RedFaces have unveiled their new single ‘Wise Up’.

The new single comes ahead of the band’s festival appearances including Dot to Dot, Isle of Wight and Community Festival. Newly signed to RCA and with a debut single – the incendiary ‘Kerosene’  available now, (with a limited 7” due on March 17th), RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. Four lads from Sheffield treading what was once a well-worn path, these days the road less travelled. RedFaces are rarer still – a brand new guitar band snapped up by a major label in open defiance of chart stats and marketing departments.

Proving with just two single releases that they’re ones to watch, ‘Wise Up’ is another extremely promising track from the young indie rockers. Its driven rhythm and jangly guitars soundtrack a contagious chorus set for festival singalongs.