Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam

Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam are a four-piece instrumental outfit from north Wales, who are reforming for a special anniversary show at this year’s Focus Wales.

Originally active between 2007 and 2010, the band consist of four multi-instrumentalists, who effortlessly switch between guitars, drums, clarinets and keyboards during their live performances. The result is a combination of dense, ethereal soundscapes that interweave and transport you to another place.

Back for a one-off performance, the band will be celebrating 10 years of their critically acclaimed album, Life Stream.

The Zangwills

The Zangwills are a young North West based band formed in May 2017. Jake Vickers, Ed Dowling and Sam Davies met at sixth form college in Northwich, Cheshire and the line-up was completed by drummer Adam Spence from Chester. Each of them bring very different influences to the band and this along with Jake?s unique voice is reflected in their distinctive sound which is instantly recognisable as The Zangwills. They are a charismatic, unusual band with a youthful vibe and energy that sets them apart. ?These are dead dead DEAD good!’ – Adam Walton, BBC Introducing

The Royston Club

Citing the Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes as their main influences, The Royston Club are one of the most exciting new bands in North Wales. Their first two singles, ‘shawshank’ and ‘waster’ have gained over 70,000 streams on Spotify and the lads have already built up a faithful following in the Wrexham area with fans flocking to experience their buzzing live shows. World domination awaits.

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep are an experimental pop band from Liverpool England who formed in 2010. The three members are Rebecca Hawley (vocals and keys) Emily Lansley (vocals guitar bass guitar) and Luciana Mercer (vocals and drum kit). The band released The Mountain Dogs and I Am the Rain both in 2011. Those were collected on Noah and the Paper Moon in 2012. The debut studio album Into the Diamond Sun was released in 2012 by Heavenly Recordings. The band’s second album Not Real was released on 13 April 2015 and their third Big Wows followed on 19 April 2019.

SEAZOO

Welsh noisy indie-pop maestros Seazoo are heavily influenced by the likes of Yo La Tengo, Courtney Barnett and Grandaddy. The rousing five-piece have enjoyed significant support throughout the tastemaker community (Q Magazine, DIY,The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Dork) and across the airwaves (BBC Radio 1,BBC 6 Music & BBC Radio Wales) with their glowing reputation as an exceptional live act leading to appearances at SXSW The Great Escape and Green Man and slots with IDLES The Lovely Eggs and Circa Waves.

Right Hand Left Hand

Post-Rock duo Right Hand Left Hand are back their third album. Following on from their self-titled Welsh Music Prize nominated second album their third offering ‘Zone Rouge’ tells the story of humanity’s contempt for the earth beneath us the air above us and the people around us. Recorded and produced by Charlie Francis (Future of the Left REM Robyn Hitchcock) at Cardiff’s Musicbox Studios Andrew ‘Plain (drums/guitars) and Rhodri Viney (guitars/ vocals/drums) continue to build and develop their trademark sound: looped and layered guitars and driving powerful drums that are intercut with atmospheric ambience.

Razkid

Razkid is an independent MC/Artist from Cardiff, South Wales who takes on an experimental approach to making music. He aims to make music that’s versatile and refreshing matched with lyrics filled with substance that are drawn from personal experiences. He strives for an unconventional sounds in his songs and all his music is produced and written in house with Minas in their home studio.

Nik Colk Void (Factory Floor)

Nik Colk Void is an experimental electronic artist who is best known as one half of Factory Floor as one-third of Carter Tutti Void and one part NPVR with Peter Rehberg (Pita). Void’s interests lie in the development of unconventional encounters with her tool of choice be it voice guitar or Modular Synth – engaging in a new language using extended techniques and cut-up sampling. As a result, she blurs the lines of techno, ambient, avant-garde and noise into a new form. The improvised nature of her live sets provides the perfect platform to practice her dance-floor ready performances.

Melin Melyn

Melin Melyn create catchy and eccentric vintage pop reciting weird stories, like a psychedelic kids tv show – combining elements of surf, folk and summery psychedelia, the band encourage a curious atmosphere stretching from one magical world to another

MAUVEY (BC, Canada)

Highly energized, emotional wreck on stage. Mauvey breathes only to create and perform live with the sole aim to change our human experience on earth – fighting for equality both on stage and as soon as he jumps off. ‘My mission is to distribute Love, and there is no better way to do that than through music.’

This Spring 2021, Mauvey proudly signed with the fiercely independent Canadian label, 604 Records.

Maes Y Circles

Born out of a binary perception that percussion can be a creative hindrance, Maesu Circles (formerly Massa Circles) have traversed their ethos to become a jewel in the crown of a fledgling ambient, hardware-based South Wales scene. A mutual love of pure melody, noise, and a fascination for electronic hardware, the duo have been attentively fine-tuning their extensive bespoke setup in the studio and at a flurry of intimate gigs, where their mesmerising arpeggios perpetually enrapture patrons and engender a singular emotive daze.

Graeme Park

The story of DJ Graeme Park really mirrors the story of the evolution of dance music and club culture itself. Aside from his nine year residency at The Haç, he was one of the first British DJs to play places like Australia, South America, the USA, Asia and beyond as well as producing and remixing tracks for the dancefloor, including The Brand New Heavies, Inner City, Eric B & Rakim, New Order, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more.

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys was born in Haverfordwest in 1970 and raised in Bethesda, north Wales. His band, Super Furry Animals, broke through in the mid-90s, their freeform approach and penchant for psychedelia setting them well apart from their Britpop peers, with whom they were often grouped. Rhys, a passionate Welsh speaker, released his first solo album, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth, in 2005 and in 2007 he formed the electro-pop duo Neon Neon. His sixth solo album, Pang!, is out now on Rough Trade.

Eitha Da

Eitha Da is Ben Dempsey Sawin, a multi-instrumentalist and North Wales native concocting viscous globules of garage-fuzz.
2020’s Fizzy EP is a joint release with Liverpool based electronic experimental project Magic Spells and follows previous releases Dungeon Crawler & Voma in providing sledgehammer hits of fuzz and fizz..

ECKOES

Ethereal electronica artist ECKOES has just released stunning new single ‘Carry Waters’ in which she continues to merge other worldly textures & intimate sensual vocals to create a sound all of her own.
Pre pandemic summer 2019 saw her perform across 2 stages at Glastonbury, All Points East & play 9 European dates.
Currently writing ‘EP2’, she’ll also appear on Goldie’s next album ‘Subjective III’, composer Sam Karl Le Bon’s 1st studio release & Jolliffe’s DnB track ‘Can This Be Real’ out on Spearhead Records later this year.

‘EP1’ released 9 months ago, features the single ‘Cages’ which rocketed to 100,000 streams in under 6 weeks & ‘Without Prejudice’ which debuted on Apple Music ‘Best of The Week’ chart.
Key tastemakers support includes BBC 6 Music, Ticketmaster One To Watch, Clash Magazine, Q, Wonderland, BBC Introducing, Indie Shuffle, Afropunk, and the MOBOs Mag amongst many others.

The 6ft British Nigerian siren is recognised as much for her spellbinding music as for her mesmerising stage shows in outfits she creates herself by hand. She is a verifiable force of nature.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Hailing the ghosts of rock and roll’s past, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard offer an insatiable and frantic look through the rock lens, delivering a powerful live show, steeped in glamour to the point of fatigue, the group offer a fresh look at the existing rock model.

BOI

BOI create a big, melodic, unapologetically drum and guitar-driven sound with lyrics that explore the big issues of our times and the human state. Osian Gwynedd and Rhodri Siôn were members of Beganifs/Big Leaves for 15 years, gaining huge success in Wales during the 1990 and 2000s and performing throughout the UK and further afield with bands such as Catatonia and Super Furry Animals. Other members of new band BOI are also experienced musicians who have all either been in or are still in popular Welsh bands including Candelas and HMS Morris.

BC Camplight

“This is an examination of madness and loss,” says Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. “I hope it starts a long overdue conversation.”

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

“It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story,” he says. “I’m a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But as a result, I think I’ve made my best record.”

The “heavy stuff” has come thick and fast for Christinzio. Just days before How To Die In The North was released, he was deported and banned from the UK because of visa issues. Estranged from his new home, his girlfriend and his dog, unable to promote his album and back home with his parents, Christinzio sunk deep into the dark. An Italian passport, care of his grandparents, eventually allowed him to re-settle in Manchester, but then just days before Deportation Blues was released, his father Angelo unexpectedly died.

“I went into a spiral that was worse than any time since my twenties,” he recalls. Hence the title Shortly After Takeoff: the feeling of being suddenly thwarted by what life throws at you. Making matters worse was a neurological disorder that returned after years in remission: “I see TV static, and it messes with how my brain interprets everything from sound to my own feelings.”

One way to process tragedy is comedy, which elevates Shortly After Takeoff to a heightened plateau, from grief-stricken vulnerability to armoured bravado, from the black dog of depression to gallows humour. None more so than ‘Ghosthunting’, which opens with an extraordinary (fabricated) passage of Christinzio doing a stand-up routine, centring on the memory of hallucinating his father’s ghost. “I want to drag the listener into this world and hopefully they question why they feel uneasy,” he explains.

“I also wanted to make a record totally free of whimsy and irony, that was just clear and open and honest. I don’t think you really heard the chaos in Deportation Blues, but in Shortly After Takeoff, I can hear I’m finding undiscovered places to go, only because I was so lost. Lyrically, I wanted people to hear and understand me this time. Before, if I would have written about my father dying, I would have made up some weird bullshit, like an analogy about a tree shedding leaves or something. That Brian is gone. I have a direct line to the listener now. I have a direct line to myself too. It’s a benchmark moment for me.”

Bleak comedy is evident from the album’s first song. ‘I Only Drink When I’m Drunk’ features Christinzio’s trademark ‘keep you on your toes’ style. He describes it as “Hank Williams on cough medicine being awoken by ferocious guitars”. ‘Ghosthunting’ similarly changes tack, between serene melody, classical harps, and pounding passages: ‘Cemetery Lifestyle’ appears to feed on The Four Seasons and crunchy new wave. Though the Nilsson-esque ‘I Want To Be In the Mafia’ (Christinzio’s favourite lyric on the album) and the elegantly sombre ‘Arms Around Your Sadness’ are less changeable, the way ‘Back To Work’ trades dreamy AOR and robotic funk, “sums up this record perfectly,” Christinzio feels. “The verse seems to make sense, then out of nowhere, boom boom…just when you think you have it figured out… It’s the never-ending cycle of mental illness.”

Christinzio says his love of stylistic shifts is also linked to a, “pretty low attention span. I’m always stirring the pot, I never let it settle.” His personal life is similarly restless. Few might risk everything and abscond from the safety of home in Philadelphia, where he had released two albums, occasionally played live with local faves The War On Drugs – whose current members Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett were part of the original BC Camplight live band – and guested on Sharon van Etten’s Epic album. “If I’d stayed, I’d be dead. Period,” he once mused, and what was Philly’s loss became Manchester’s gain.

There, Christinzio has his friends, and his band. On record, Shortly After Takeoff is “95 percent” Christinzio, plus Adam Dawson (drums) and Francesca Pidgeon (backing vocals, sax, clarinet) and guests on cello and violin. Dawson and Pidgeon are also members of the current live BC Camplight, alongside Thom Bellini (guitar), Stephen Mutch (bass) and Luke Barton (synths, acoustic guitar).

Christinzio couldn’t tour How To Die In The North because of his deportation, but the shows following Deportation Blues played to increasingly larger audiences. Christinzio’s bombastic and intense live performances have earned him an ever-growing legion of devotees (and a recent nomination for Best Live Act by the Independent Music Awards) that see Brian as an “anti-rockstar”, an unfiltered talent.

“I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere,” he declares. “It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there.” One regret is that his father never saw Christinzio experience any level of success. “I wish he could have seen what I’ve started to do here,” he says. “I certainly gave that guy more grey hairs than he deserved. He would have liked to see this.”

Shortly After Takeoff ends with the gorgeously tender 93-second ‘Angelo’, “a little fleeting moment for my dad. I wanted his name on the album, and something that sounded like a goodbye. It ends with the drums, like a heartbeat stopping…”

That’s Christinzio and Shortly After Takeoff: his best, most honest, open and frequently heartbreaking record.

Adwaith

Adwaith are a post- punk band from Carmarthen, South West Wales. All their material has gained vast critical acclaim and extensive radio plays. They have recorded a session in the legendary BBC studios at Maida Vale, London for Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1 /BBC Radio Cymru), BBC 6 music Session for the Marc Riley show, played Latitude Festival, Green Man Festival, played in Italy with Gruff Rhys at Suns Festival and supported Gwenno and The Joy Formidable on full UK tours.
‘Gartref’ from their debut album ‘Melyn’ was remixed by James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers.

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