Yizzy @ O2 Academy Islington

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Great Wave Mag talks to young, upcoming grime artist Yizzy, at the O2 Academy in Islington.

 

The crowd wasn’t what we expected for a grime set, as he was opening for teen American singer Billie Eilish. But after seeing Yizzy’s set with BBC Introducing at the O2 Academy Brixton (as the only grime artist there too), we were right in expecting the crowd to be hyped when he came on.

Having only started making music in 2016, it’s an understatement to say Yizzy is doing pretty well for himself. From getting attention with his track ‘Grime Kid’ last December, and releasing his debut EP ‘This Is Life’ in April this year, then his big set at the O2 Academy Brixton in front of thousands, an advert with Nike this month, and now with a new EP coming soon, the grime artist has come up fast.

At the O2 Academy Islington, Great Wave Mag were invited backstage before the show, so we spoke to the 17-year-old grime artist from Lewisham about his experience with BBC Introducing, Red Bull’s Grime-a-side, and what’s next for Yizzy.

Watch the interview here, and see more of Yizzy on his Youtube channel

Less than 3 days until their first album ‘CHEW’ drops, Muskets singer Cheung takes time to talk to Great Wave Mag.

Yo, I’m Cheung – I do vocals and play guitar in Muskets.

  •  Talk me through the journey of the band so far? 

So we released an EP called SPIN in 2015 through Venn Records, it was a great time. Through that we did countless DIY tours in basements, houses and small venues to like-minded punk and emo fans and created some incredible memories and also formed some great friendships.

  • Is the band signed?

We’re signed to No Sleep Records and have been since earlier this year. They’re a wicked label and were one of the labels we aspired to be on when we were younger, which is cool. Their new roster is also sick; Looming, Hot Mulligan, Julia Louise, Daisyhead, Pine, Aviator and Able Baker Fox to name a few, being a part of this new wave of No Sleep artists is sick, check them out.

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  •  Who have you been on tour with?

We’ve been on tour with some really cool bands, our old friends; The New Tusk, Broadbay and Beachtape shared some of our favorite tours during the SPIN release. Since then we’ve done tours with Tigers Jaw, Culture Abuse, Creeper and Moose Blood and we’re up for ignoring real life by jumping in the van and travelling around, playing shows and getting fucked together and stuff, you know.

  • Chewing Gum. Will it be put on an EP or even an album?

Chewing Gum, 17 Years and You’re So Cool are all going to feature on our debut album ‘CHEW’ which is being released through No Sleep Records on 20th October.

  •  What are the bands plans for near future?

We’re heading out on a co-headline run with Wallflower on 25th to 29th October. Check out the poster below.

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Go listen to Muskets emofuzzness on Spotify, and follow them on Instagram & Facebook for updates and news.

The Orielles @ The 100 Club

Great Wave Mag met with The Orielles back stage, before they unleashed a barrage of dreamy surf-rock upon the intimate crowd inside the 100 Club. A venue with such history and uniqueness is truly a great testimony to the potential of this band.

The Orielles consist of sisters Esme-Dae (Bass/Vocals) & Sidonie (Drums), with Henry providing his services for lead guitar. Henry has been friends with the sisters ever since the age of nine, the age when they first began to jam. But the band is still rather new, only officially existing the past 2/3 years.

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The 100 Club doesn’t seem to intimidate the band, their calm exteriors let you know they have what it takes to put such a prestigious venue under their belts. It feels really good to be playing here, Sidonie added; I’ve heard a lot of decent punk bands have played here which is cool.

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Their surf side is inspired by The Beach Boys and more modern surf sounds like Pixies, but the extra ingredient in their recent vibe derives from their interest in post-punk, disco and funk genres with The Orielles twist added on.

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Delighting the crowd with a range of tracks from older material such as Joey Says We Got it, Just like Glue & Jobin as well as their new track Sugar Tastes Like Salt & I Only Bought It For The Bottle, which delves into their fascination with funk and acid house, while still retaining their specific sound. We’ve come a long way from playing Green Day covers, Henry says; still yearn for them days. Who would have guessed that?

Proletariat deliver a post-punk beauty with their latest single ‘Ignorance’ and gave Great Wave Mag a few words.

  • Introduce the band, Where you from? Age? How long you been together?
Proletariat consists of James Cummins (21) on Vocals and Rhythm guitar, Connor Dolan (23) on Lead, Aaron Hall (19) on bass, and Luke O’Reilly (18) on the kit. We’re all from Mossley and Saddleworth, the land of many hills and interesting sounds.
We played our first gig back in August 2016, on the 19th at a venue called Aatma. Although Luke didn’t join us until November time for our first gig with This Feeling. He was actually the drummer for the band we supported during our first gig and the deal was made outside a club called 42s in the city centre. Funnily enough we’ve just marked our first year anniversary with a sold-out headline show at Soup Kitchen which was actually slightly oversold. It’s surreal to think of how this past year has played out, we never ever imagined it.
  • Signed/unsigned?
We’re unsigned, all our own thing at the minute. No management, no label, no publishers.

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  • Whats the inspirations behind the new single?
Ignorance is a story about someone battling the demons of mental illness, and the chorus exemplifies the outcry of the sheer amount of people out there who sadly need help. There’s been a huge increase in awareness over recent years, and social media sites like Twitter can often be a godsend for people. But it still seems like people are suffering in silence, this song was a token of respect to them – it’s our implicit attempt to let them know they’re not alone.
  • What’s coming up for the band? Gigs, tour, studio time?
We’ve got plenty coming up! Here are our dates (below) and there WILL definitely be some studio time, although we can’t say what for just yet.

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PROLETARIAT TOUR DATES AUTUMN 2017:

Gulliver’s, Manchester (Supporting Baby Strange) – September 20th

ULU, London (Supporting Cabbage) – October 5th

The Met Lounge, Peterborough (Supporting Cabbage) – October 6th

Academy 2, Manchester (This Feeling Alive Tour) – October 8th

Church, Dundee (Supporting Cabbage) – October 11th

PJ Molloys, Dunfermline (Supporting Cabbage) – October 12th

Inside Out, Darlington (Supporting Cabbage) – October 13th

The Drawing Room, Barrow (Supporting Cabbage) – October 14th

Single of the Summer: Goldie – I Adore You

That’s it now; September. No more festivals, no more mad sunshine. Here at Great Wave Mag, coming back to life not spent sleeping in a tent has been a tough road. So we decided to reflect on what we thought defined summer 2017.

Certainly one of the most well known artist from the 90’s jungle/d’n’b scene, Goldie has come back after nearly 20 years without an album to bring his devilish beats once again onto the forefront of UK dance scene. The Journey Man is a 28-track album, showing Goldie has certainly horded plenty for fans to hear after such a lengthy gap in his discography. It takes you on a dark tunnel only Goldie could; a journey through his bad times and good .

The leading single from the double album is hair raising drum and bass sonnet I Adore You. Goldie revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 1xtra that this beautiful tune, is a dedication to his daughter. Featuring the mighty Ulterior Motive, and the entwining vocals of Natalie Williams, I Adore You runs through eerie synths and melodies, with the oh so crisp sound Goldie has finely tuned, combining liquid funk & jungle to create a haunting ballad that’s bass filled and dark, but still delicate and enchanting.

Goldie takes the crown for this Summer’s best single without a doubt.

Great Wave Magazine meets London-based GELATO, as they open BBC Introducing Berkshire show.

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Ben: Guys welcome to Reading, can I get you to introduce yourselves?
GELATO: [Drew] Hi I’m Drew from Gelato, I play guitar and sing vocals. [Callum] I’m Callum, I play the drums. [Jake] I’m Jake and I play bass. 
 
Ben: How did you come together as a band? 
GELATO: [Callum] Just tonight really! *LAUGHS* aha no um.. [Drew] about 2 years ago or so I wrote some songs and tried to get some friends to come play it with me. [Jake] We know each other as being session musicians, and kind of knew each other from that really. All doing our own thing [Drew] Passing ships in the night. [Callum] Then we anchored to each other and yeh it’s the 3 piece you see before you now. 
 
Ben: What’s the inspiration behind your sound, like what bands as teens did you listen to on CD’s/Ipod? 
GELATO: [Callum] For me it’s Drew, he brings the idea like a riff or something and we play around that. [Jake] We all bring our own influences into the band, y’know Drew is our leader. [Drew] For the greater good; no, I play lead guitar that’s for sure. There’s a few bands like definitely the whole grunge thing, and yeh I’m sure you picked up some QOTSA in there. 
 
Ben: What sets you aside from other bands? What will make fans want to come see you? 
GELATO: [Jake] Well we had different people work on our recorded stuff, so I mean in terms of live performance it’s different to what you hear on our EP’s. [Callum] We do a lot of improvisation in live shows, playing off each other. [Drew] Less and less do I care about approval really to be honest, and it’s more about putting on a good show and playing the best you can.  
 
Ben: Are there any bands around at the moment that you guys  are listening to currently? 
GELATO: [Drew]Thunder Cat, been listening to a lot of Thunder Cat. A lot of Chris Cornell for good measure. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard and Pond. [Callum] Jake showed me White Demin recently, thought they were sick. [Drew] We’ve played with a band called Lieutenant, there good friends of ours. [Jake] Los Padres, check them out they are awesome. 
 
Ben: You guys are still unsigned so how do you get your music out there?  
GELATO: [Drew] Yeh we’re on facebook, spotify, youtube etc. You can buy our EP’s off our website to, but yeh we do it all ourselves. [Jake] Yeh I feel being independent gives you much more freedom in that respect. I mean if someone wants to sign us and put us on a big stage then fucking sure man that’d be sweet too *laughs*. [Drew] Yeh at the moment as well we have stuff at live shows too. [Callum] You feel like you’ve made a friend when somebody comes to the gig and buys a band shirt.  
 
Ben: Is there an album in the tubes at the moment? 
GELATO: [Drew] We’re writing an album right now actually, it’ll be album number one for us. [Jake] Yeh it’s completely new material to what is available at the moment [Drew] 95% new. We don’t want to rush it by saying when it’ll be done because honestly, one really good album could set you up for tours and gigs for a while and as we’re all pretty much full time musicians it’d be great to be able to do something like that. [Drew] Yeh I think it would depend on what help we find as well to make the album. [Callum] We got a deadline of September though. [Drew] I just want to make an album that we’re all happy with and that pushes us y’know. 
 
Ben: What are your aspirations for the future?  
GELATO: [Drew] Well yeh get this album finished and then try get on a support tour for someone who’s got a new crowd that doesn’t know us, I think that’d be exciting. After that I think the sky’s the limit, I just want this album done really and everything else I think will just be the icing on the cake.  
 
Ben: Only fitting to ask really, what’s your favourite type of ice cream? 
GELATO: [Callum] Phish Food, no Carte D’or, oh there’s so many. Pistachio Carte D’or. [JAKE] I like me some banoffee ice-cream, and anything from Oppo ice cream, I know the guys who made it and they spent like the past year perfecting their most recent flavour. [DREW] Dick. Dick is my favourite ice-cream *laughs* no, no I think Magnum Almond. Are you gunna print that? *laughs*
Go check out GELATO on Facebook & Spotify.

What are Great Wave Listening to at the moment?

Jumpin Jack Frost

Jumpin Jack Frost – FABRICLIVE Promo Mix

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A legend within the Drum & Bass scene of the 90’s, Frankie Frost aka Jumpin Jack Frost has provided the dance scene of the 1980’s/1990’s with mental jungle bangers and collaborated with fellow Junglists such as Roni Size, Goldie, Congo Natty (aka Rebel MC) and Byran Gee. Starting out as a Pirate Radio DJ in Brixton, he’s still as wicked as ever and maintains his 30 year career. He did a mix for Fabric’s Soundcloud to promote his slot at Fabric for ’21 Years of Jungle’ 22/08/14, and it delves deep into a filthy jungle, plentiful of skatty rhymes and trembling bass, again shows why Jumpin Jack is still one of the hottest DJ’s in the D’n’B scene.

Danny Brown

Danny Brown – Dance 

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After catching his Radio 1 Xtra Tent headline slot at Reading Festival 25/08, it’s fair to say Danny Brown has supported his reputation as a hard, bassy, lyrically colourful performer. He came on stage to a misted tent and dropped heavy beats off his 2016 album Atrocity Exhibition such as Really Doe and Pneumonia, which feature big name Kendrick Lamar, and ruined lives with bass levels and an intense light show. 

We’ve chosen a track from his album Hot Soup, 2008 called Dance. Far from the dark and twisted material he has expressed on his more recent albums, this tune has the old-school, funky rap groove that sounds as if you have just put a needle on a James Brown Vinyl. But don’t worry, it still oozes Danny Brown hood confidence and works clever rhymes into a tasty 3 minute gem that shows the creative depth of a true talent. 

Puta Volcano

Puta Volcano – Dune

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Attention fans of heavy rock acts such as Fu Manchu, Kyuss and Orange Goblin. Puta Volcano are a 4 piece band hailing from Athens, Greece who have certainly caught our ear. Combining elements of Doom Rock, Desert Rock and sludgy riffs, Puta Volcano have released two 8-track albums since 2015. They bring back old elements of the 90’s harder rock scene with strong reverb vocals and thundering drums.  

Their track Dune is well produced and a mad song, check them out and like them on Facebook and Spotify.

Palm Honey

Palm Honey – Hot Simian Weather

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Psychedelic-indie four piece Palm Honey have had a busy summer indeed. Playing a number of UK festivals such as their hometown Reading Festival and Glastonbury as well as releasing their new single Hot Simian Weather in July.

On this track they delve into a synthy based funky jam, following the footsteps of Superfood and Swim Deep in a more experimental form of the indie scene. They are always doing gigs, so would highly recommend seeing a live show if ones near you peeps.

Check them out on Facebook & Spotify .