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Ivo Dimchev Live in London

Ivo Dimchev Live in London

After a mesmerising live sold out show at Underbelly in October; Ivo is back in London with songs of heart break and his unique voice from his album of love songs. Ivo Dimchev is a choreographer and performer from Bulgaria, known internationally for his provocative […]

Glass Caves Live At Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen

Glass Caves Live At Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen

Northern band Glass Caves embark on their Headline UK ‘Swim’ tour with an exciting date in London, headlining Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen. Surprisingly not sold out, though an eager and filling crowd, Glass Caves take to the stage with the charm and confidence they always […]

MONA Live At Oslo Hackney

MONA Live At Oslo Hackney

There’s times in your career where you must remain professional at all times and somewhat hold back, believe me this is hard especially working in the Music Industry. But Tuesday night at the wonderful venue Oslo in Hackney was a time where I left my professionalism at home and my inner fan girl came out…

Based in Nashville, Tennessee Mona are the cool rockers who don the slick, edgy music you should all be listening to. Mona’s self titled debut album was released in 2011 which introduced us to the songs we’d never forget and would sing with all our hearts; “Shooting The Moon”, “Lean In To The Fall” and “Teenagers'”. Two years later Mona released “Torches & Pitchforks”, though promising and has some great tracks such as “Cross The Line” and “Goons (Baby, I Need It all)” the reception wasn’t justified and didn’t quite meet the demands that the first album did. Late 2016, Mona released an exciting and breath-taking EP “In The Middle” which is the title of one of the pinnacle tracks. This EP is a huge success for Mona and they deserve every ounce of gratitude for it, “In The Middle” consists of 6 thought provoking and meaningful tracks that will stay with you. Highlights of the EP are obviously “In The Middle” but one song that really got me in the gut is “Us & Them”. It’s very rare but quite beautiful when a song becomes an obsession and this EP is filled with them.

First seeing Mona 6 years ago in the small city Coventry it was heart warming to see them headline a London show, back then when I was just a young teenager I remember it being one of the best nights of my life- all thanks to Mona. Now a professional in the Industry, Mona recreated this memory and heightened it by a 1000. Mona are the type of band you NEED to see live, their stage presence and connection with the crowd is relaxing and comfortable, rather than silent and awkward. The connection between the members is heart-warming and you know you’re having a great time with them and it’s one big party filled with smiles and sweat. Nick Brown’s vocals are another factor why you NEED to see Mona live, obviously listening to their music his voice is on another level reaching crazy highs and epic lengths; Brown’s talent is fantastic and seeing him perform live supplies that. To add, being the fantastic frontman one can be, he races into the crowd with constant gratitude and communication, whilst guitarist Jordan Young and Alex Lindsey’s stage presence and chemistry oozes fun and silliness.

Performing to a boisterous, slightly rowdy but happy crowd Mona connect over song requests and chants to “Goons (Baby, I Need It All) leading to a beautiful participation for “Lean Into The Fall” which leaves echoes in the venue. Mona perform a lengthy set but it still doesn’t feel long enough, departing the stage not once but twice the band come together one final time for an epic encore. Name one band who does two encores? Another reason why Mona are the band you NEED to see live. With all this excitement and fantastic creation of ecstatic memories it surprises me Mona are headlining a medium venue in Hackney rather than the O2 Brixton in South London. Come to think of it, the intimate experience of Mona is somewhat more special and I feel honoured to have seen Mona live.

 

Blossoms Live At The Roundhouse Camden

Blossoms Live At The Roundhouse Camden

As part of the VO5 NME Awards 2017, Blossoms headlined The Roundhouse in Camden with support from Cabbage and Rory Wynne. Opening the sold out gig was Rory Wynne, whose heavy electric guitar riffs caught the attention of many punters creating a fun yet boisterous […]

Little Brother Eli Live At Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Little Brother Eli Live At Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Upcoming band Little Brother Eli from Oxford grabbed the main support slot on Wednesday night at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen to headliners Sam & The Black Seeds, but forget the headliners our main attention is on Little Brother Eli and they killed it! First […]

Live performance review – Queen’s Troubadour

Live performance review – Queen’s Troubadour

If you haven’t heard of Queen’s Troubadour yet, well – now is time to check them out. This five piece band tout themselves as ‘Soultronica’ – jazz fusion and soul imbued rock, who bring a special kind of emotion to performances. We checked out the video for their live appearance Live In The Attic to get a sense of what they were all about.

Right from the beginning, the velvety tones of the lead singer had us hooked – it’s like being taken on a magic carpet ride of melody, tantalised by soulful tones that hit all the right notes. Just as we’d become thoroughly seduced, the drums started, and the melodies were combining in bass and guitar ecstasy, all pulled together with the threads of that wonderful jazz-esque voice. By the second verse the song has settled into a comfortable groove, like slipping on a knitted jumper and being enveloped by warmth. The whole track rolled over us with a silky joy, ending with a fabulous guitar riff that had moving our shoulders, right until the burst of jazz scatting at the end. A great Sunday afternoon song – we’ll definitely be seeking out more.

Victoria+Jean arrive in East London

Victoria+Jean arrive in East London

Hold onto your hats everyone – East London is about to have a Scandi-Belgian invasion. Victoria+Jean are a duet to be reckoned with – two talented musicians who were brought together by fate in Brussels, and the rest is tuneful history. Victoria sings, Jean plays […]

NEXT CHURCH OF DREAMS GUEST IS ANNOUNCED

NEXT CHURCH OF DREAMS GUEST IS ANNOUNCED

As you might know, Church of Dreams is a big event in the Hoxton Amp calendar – a music night hosted by the gorgeous Samantha Togni. Focusing on underground beats and an aesthetic attitude, it’s aiming to shake the heart of Hoxton Square in a holy […]

Gig to watch out for – Lannie Flowers this Saturday 16th May

Gig to watch out for – Lannie Flowers this Saturday 16th May

Who does’t like a bit of power pop? Even you haters out there to profess to detest the genre have a secret bone in their bodies that likes the combination of strong melodies, clear vocals and crisp harmonies. And come on, who can’t have said they’ve loved rocking out to a solid guitar rift once in a while?

Power Pop and Americana is once more gripping the scene, and one of our favourite current standard bearers for the movement is Lannie Flowers. ‘Combining diverse influences such as British invasion, punk rock and glam rock, Lannie puts forth guitar driven melodies that are at once fresh yet familiar.’

And he should know his way around a guitar, having been obsessed with the instrument since he was 12…

Normally residing in Kennedale, Texas, us Brits can get a taste of his awesome Americana tuneage by visiting The Workshop at Roadtrip on May 16th, where he’ll be rocking up the stage along with Gold Phoenix and Turbowitch. Check out the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/465169833646533/

And in the mean time, here’s a cheeky video to get you in the mood for the weekend (whatever day of the week it is!)

 

Hoxton Amp chats to… KAYVS

Hoxton Amp chats to… KAYVS

So, tell us a bit about yourselves – who are you, how long have you been playing together, and can we expect when we go visit a Kayvs gig? What kind of sound are you guys going to be mesmerising us with? Christopher: Well Kayvs […]