Heavy Pop presents:
OTHERKIN + Mellor + LUCKY PUNKS
Entry Requirements: 14+
Heavy Pop presents...
"Their electric energy and overdriven guitars have rejuvenated Britpop and transformed it into contemporary rock and roll" - Gigwise
Otherkin enjoyed a manic 2016 summer of festivals in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, in support of their second EP release, entitled ‘The New Vice’.
Luke, Conor and David first had the idea for the band in 2013, but Otherkin did not coalesce until they found drummer Rob later that year, drawn together by a shared love of bands like The Clash, QOTSA, Ramones and Blur.
Early gigs in college dorms and house parties gave way to regular shows on Dublin’s vibrant live venue circuit, which in turn blossomed into a step up to the Irish festival carousel - Longitude, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices - in 2014.
After a couple of hand-made, self-released tracks, Otherkin hit their stride with the rambunctious grunge-pop single “Ay Ay”, which came to the attention of leading Irish indie label Rubyworks in early 2015.
The 201 EP - featuring “Ay Ay” and “Feel It” - was a quartet of quivering, shivering thumpers released to coincide with their UK festival debut at Leeds / Reading and their first full-length UK tour. Radio exposure came courtesy of support from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy on Radio X, while MTV Rocks added videos for both songs into their new music playlists.
‘The New Vice’ EP, which was recorded in Dublin, and mixed in the UK by Jolyon Thomas (Slaves) features “I Was Born” and “Yeah I Know”; the former quickly raced to 100,000 listens on Soundcloud, and enjoyed daytime support from Clara Amfo at BBC Radio 1.
The band are currently in the studio recording their debut album, which will be released on Rubyworks in 2017.
With support from Mellor & Lucky Punks
Dublin based grunge pop band OTHERKIN have marked their first 12 months of existence by playing slots at Longitude, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes, Other Voices and Whelan’s Ones To Watch. They've also followed up supporting NME cover stars Palma Violets and Parquet Courts by completing their own headline tour of Ireland in September. Since releasing their ‘As A High’ EP, OTHERKIN have been on the lips of critics and music-listeners alike. They’ve just put a busy summer behind them and are currently working on their latest release due February 2015.
Here are some words from the critics: - DublinConcerts.ie: 'Rising stars Otherkin marked their first Longitude appearance with a set that will not be forgotten easily by those in attendance. They’re increasingly confident and they should be. Their music is excellent.' - Goldenplec: ‘Longitude mainstage is definitely in their future’.
- Four Culture magazine (US): ‘Seldom is a band made that captures the darkest aspects of the human soul and merges them with our desires. Otherkin does this with every song, and ensnares your mind.’
- State magazine: ‘walking the line between accessibility and credibility with ease… Otherkin feel very much like the complete package already.’
- The Last Mixed Tape: ‘As A High is something of a high water mark for Otherkin. Showcasing a more uncompromising aspect of their music, demonstrating a considered approach that separates Otherkin from their peers.
- Artrocker (UK): A must see band who bring optimistic rock back to the clubs
Meet Mellor; Gary, Sam, Kris, and Josh. The indie 4 piece hailing from Reading have had a whole host of national and regional media support from the likes of Absolute Radio, BBC6 Music, BBC Berkshire, BBC London, and BBC Introducing. Labelled by Alt Reading as "one of Reading's most exciting acts", they bring a live show packed with high energy, raucous vocals, big guitar riffs, and pounding drums. The bands dedicated following is steadily on the rise thanks to shows up and down the UK sharing stages with the likes of The Kooks, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Carl Barat & The Jackals, Flyte, and The Milk. Various press has described the Reading lads sound as a mash up between Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, The Coral and The Libertines. Riding high from a quick succession of single releases, you can expect one thing from Mellor's material and live show; a feeling that will leave you wanting more.
LUCKY PUNKS are Adam Pizey (Drums, Vocals), Ross Kelly (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Tom Harrison (Bass) and Cameron Smith (Guitar, Keys, Vocals). Growing up on their parents’ record collections, the Berkshire Boys were raised on a diet of baked beans and great British bands. They cite a wide-ranging list of influences, from The Kinks to Duran Duran. With elements of mid-90s Britpop, proto-punk and gritty New Wave, their Albarn-esque witticisms and driving guitars combine to form a captivating live performance. Having originally met at school whilst in other bands, fate caused Adam, Ross and Tom to come together whilst at university in the North East. With their line up now complete with Cameron, LUCKY PUNKS are making waves with their unique, but unmistakably British sound.
Listen to their track Sleeping Dogs here