Courtney Askey / Earls / The People Assembly
“Leicester’s favourite Gothic-Folk Noir girl”, Courtney Askey, plays lo-fi alternative music. Part grunge, part shoegaze, part sad and part hopeful, influenced by The National and Nick Cave equally as much as My Bloody Valentine and Francoise Hardy. Based in Leicester, she has lived, produced and performed works in England, Paris and Hong Kong.
Previously solo, she now plays as a self-titled four-piece. Drawing on influences from 1920s decadence through to 1990s grunge, Courtney’s ‘honey-coated’ vocals draw in and mesmerise the listener. She has been prolifically writing, performing and recording music since 2010.
The debut LP from the band, Oh! Softly Goes, was released in 2017. New releases coming soon.
EARLS are an up and coming two-piece made up of Anthony Lamb and George Prosser, longtime friends who met at secondary school in the West Midlands. They describe themselves as "Skum" punk. Their songs are simple, powerful and memorable. Anthony plays his guitar in a unique stripped back style while the drummer, George, holds everything together with primal, aggressive beats. The lyrics to EARLS songs vary in topic from ‘toxic masculinity’, ‘being skint’, ‘anger management problems’ and ‘just wanting to get drunk’.
They formed in September 2016 shortly after moving to Leicester for university. Neither of them graduated. They spent the first two and half years of their career gigging and building a fan base in the Leicester scene until EARLS released their first single ‘We Are Skum’ in 2018 produced by Joey Whelan. Shortly after, they were picked up by independent record label Earwig Records and the band and the label started working towards their debut album release, ‘Cardboard Palace’.
The People Assembly
Formerly FiveHead, Leicester's cryptic "Post-Space" collective The People Assembly painting a very loud canvas, with frantic, confrontational and sometimes destructive live performances. Having formed in 2017 they are 0n the verge of releasing their eagerly anticipated first album, the extraordinary first album The International Post Space Centre.
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