14:45 - TINY GIANT
Chloë Alper(ex Pure Reason Revolution,Charli XCX) has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Mat Colis to form Tiny Giant.
Mat Colis – a MOBO and Grammy nominated engineer who has worked with the likes of JayZ, CharliXCX, Mr Hudson, Yelawolf, The Black Eyed Peas and The Noisetes–helped shape a sound the pair describe as'Dream Pop meets FutureRock'.
15:45 - DRUG STORE ROMEOS
Hampshire/ Reading band who describe their sound as 'melancholic mood music for swaying in the gloaming.'
We just know, that we like it.
16:45 - THE ADY BAKER SOUND
The Ady Baker Sound is a collective from Reading who play guitars, use loops, samples, drums, processed beats, white noise, high notes, flat notes, minor chords, major chords, harmonious and non-harmonious sounds to invoke melodies to haunt you.
Are they the saviours of Indie Rock or new Electro-pioneers? We don’t know. What we do know is that they are the new favourites on the live scene in their hometown of Reading and gaining acclaim in other cities through internet radio play.
With influences from My Bloody Valentine to the Flying Burrito Brothers with other musical affairs along the way, including a ménage-a-trois between Primal Scream, The Sundays and The Cure. The Ady Baker Sound apparently mix electronica, neo-psychedelia, avant-rock, trip-hop and modern alienation, although trying to describe their style is like playing pin the tail on the genre. The best thing to do is to go and see them play live - they’ll be like putty in your hands.
17:45 - SHE MAKES WAR
18:45 - EAT DADDY EAT
This new garage rock out t made of familiar faces will drag you into the darker, noisier corners of rock n roll.
19:45 - MUSH
Mush are a new four-piece Leeds based group.
The band play guitar heavy alternative, experimental rock tunes akin to: Sonic Youth, Pavement, The Fall, Pixies, Parquet Courts channelling a bunch of other influences descending from an alt-lineage that can be traced back to the likes of Can, Beefheart & Velvet Underground.
The band return to Reading following their support slot here last year with The Wytches and wish to capture the imagination of the pockets of weird indie rockers, slackers and freaks around the country.
21:00 - VINYL STAIRCASE
In their own words, 'We're 4 kids who enjoy getting down, recording our own tunes, chilling out at service stations and playing shows... dig.'
Vinyl Staircase's last single "German Wings" was premiered on Phil Taggart's Radio 1 show and they were featured by NME, The Line of Best Fit plus supported the likes of Blossoms and Swim Deep.
22:15 - HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS?
Finnish 3-piece Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? have carved out a unique sound for themselves, opting to use keyboards instead of guitars. This is after songwriter Ekku Lintunenand drummer Janne-Petteri Pitkälä, on seeing the film Drive, instantly decided to form an 80s synth-pop band as a side project to the garage-rock act they were in at the time. When Susse Stemma-Sihvola came in on vocals, bringing her scuzzed out bass tones with her, it ended up being garage-rock with a twist.
23:15 - ANIMAL HOUSE
The return of Australian indie-rockers Animal House create a raucous, energy-fuelled sound. Having already received critical acclaim with their single English Girls, Animal House’s released EP Sorry which is filled with witty lyrical storytelling, racing riffs and infectious choruses. With its undeniably catchy, high-energy garage-infused sound, reminiscent of the likes of The Strokes and The Raconteurs.
Animal House enjoy a party and you are all invited.
00:00 - STEVE LAMACQ (BBC 6MUSIC)
Steve Lamacq is a DJ and journalist who has more than 25 years experience in the music industry returns to Are You Listening?
In a career which has included stints at the New Musical Express, Radio 1 and his current home BBC 6Music, he has gained a reputation for championing new bands to success, while interviewing some of alt-rock’s biggest names.
His instinct for turning up new talent was nurtured at NME where he was the first writer to interview (among others) Blur, Ride and Teenage Fanclub. He also became a well known face on the gig circuit, touring the country with bands like Carter USM, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and the Mega City 4. During one especially frantic year, he clocked up 197 gigs in 12 months.
After making his radio debut at London pirate station Q102, Steve joined Radio 1 at the end of 1993, co-presenting the illustrious Evening Session with Jo Whiley until 1997 and then solo until 2002, after which he concentrated on his weekly four-hour show Lamacq Live.
At Radio 1, the Session became the centre point for the burgeoning Britpop movement, featuring exclusive interviews with Blur, Pulp, Radiohead – and one of the most bootlegged interviews ever with Oasis.
As the ‘90s progressed into the Noughties, the show supported a diverse array of music including Fatboy Slim, The Streets, The Strokes – who recorded their first ever session for Steve – Coldplay and The Libertines.
While still with Radio 1, Steve also joined 6Music in 2002 taking over the daily drivetime show in Spring 2005, where he mixes his love of music, old and new. It is currently the most listened to show on the network with nearly a million listeners each week.
He received the Special Achievement Award in 2013 at the Sony Awards (radio’s version of the Oscars). And a similar gong from the Association Of Independent Music in the same year.
He still loves playing records very loudly and is currently working on a one-man show.
01:00 - JOHN KENNEDY (RADIO X)
John Kennedy presents and produces X-Posure four nights a week for Radio X, formerly XFM. The show's been going since 1999 and has been the first to give airtime to all sorts of bands and artists from Adele to MIA, Mumford & Sons to The xx, Clean Bandit to Razorlight.
He has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Wiley, Femi Kuti to Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave to Iggy Pop. He puts on gigs every month and has been a Mercury Prize judge since 2009. He has been described as the 'doyen of underground alternative music' by the Observer, 'acclaimed, respected, intelligent' by The Independent, and in The Times as having 'long been putting together shows that demolish genre boundaries and confound expectations'. John has, as Q magazine once put it 'like the late John Peel, relentlessly championed new music'.