Saturday 15th May
@ BIG BLUE COFFEE COMPANY, DERBY
A Plastic Rose http://www.myspace.com/aplasticrose are the cross-community-cross-border stars of the future. This 4-piece were formed when bassist Troy and drummer Dave answered an emergency call from other members Gerry (guitar/vox) and Ian (guitar/vox) following unsuccessful attempts to kidnap members from other local bands. Once settled these Sligo/Tyrone mongrels have forced themselves into public and critical consciousness with acclaimed EPs, singles and live shows including TV appearances on UTV’s ‘Live At The Limelight’, multiple radio sessions across Ireland, and well-received slots at Glasgowbury, Hard-Working-Class Heroes, Unconvention and Leeds and Reading Festivals, the latter coinciding with them becoming the first ever unsigned band to be play-listed on BBC Radio 1, with airplay across the schedule. Jo Whiley, Edith Bowman, Nihal, Hew Stevens and Tom Robinsons all playing their debut single 'All You Know And Love Will Die.
They deliver their “nu-wave-disco-grunge-old-skool-emo” with a passion and intensity forged by their apprenticeship of gigging anytime, anywhere, with and to anyone, a philosophy that has led to them sharing stages with acts as diverse as Frank Turner, Explosions In The Sky, Fightstar, And So I Watch You From Afar and Fighting With Wire, picking up fans in Charlie Simpson (Fightstar – "Irelands best up and coming band at the moment") and Gary Lightbody (giving them a mention in his list of N.Irish bands to look for) establishing a growing core support across Ireland with on-going touring and being recognised as one of the coming forces in music (BBC Across The Line Acts Of The Year 2008). Now signed to DiDiMau Records, and fuelled by addictions to videogames, celebrities and functional sculpture, APR are poised to take on the world even if it’s not ready. You’ve been warned.
FUNfun http://www.myspace.com/funfunband were born as the illegitimate love child of two previous bands (Plans & Apologies/YouNoGoDie) during the long hard winter of 2009. Made up of your typical 4 piece set up, there is nothing typical about this fine group of regal gentlemen. There is no secret svengali, no hidden agenda and certainly no preconceptions about what FUNfun are here to do. Influenced by a steady diet of music (Devo, Fugazi, Cable), film (Hitchcock, Coen Brothers) and Art (Mucha to Bacon to Man Ray) FUNfun have created a sound much akin to that of Velcro and zips being unfastened at double speed. With their upcoming first release " The Hitchcock E.P" , FUNfun are ready to conquer lands a far for the better of mankind.
Emphemetry - http://www.myspace.com/timetravelopps is Richard ‘Biff’ Birkin. He's been toiling away for the majority of the last decade in underground rock circles as part of adventurous post-hardcore groups The Little Explorer and, more recently, Crash Of Rhinos - both streets ahead of any competition. Emphemetry, while no less emotionally involving, is a rather more sedate affair based around acoustic ballads with just a twist of post-rock experimentation and influenced, very much in the folk tradition, by what he sees and hears around him in his home town of Derby.