14:00 - WORKIN' MAN NOISE UNIT
We're one of them rock'n'roll bands. We mostly live in Reading. We are called WORKIN' MAN NOISE UNIT. Apostrophe, no G. (Yeah, all the good names were taken, OK.) We are drums, feedback loops, an electric bass guitar, an electric 6-string guitar and vocals. Break out the cold ones. Soft and sweet. Entrenched in this shitpit town of Reading, famous for nothing and nothing less. Full of recruitment consultants and commuters, the worst of all ordinary people. And golf fans and retail assistants and the kind of smile that only ever lasts half a day. Yeah, that's about right. And we're even more uncool than they are.
New album 'It's Not Nothin' is out now and received 4.5 out of 5 by Narc Magazine.
15:00 - THE KEEP CATS
The Keep Cats are the freshest, post-punk, new wave band around. Having captured the hearts of the Reading music scene, 2019 promises to be an even bigger year for this energetic 4-piece. Catch them while you can. Their live show is ace.
The young group have support legends Shonen Knife as well as Trudy and the Romance and Reading's own rising stars Valeras.
16:15 - GENTLY TENDER
Gently Tender formed from the ashes of instigators Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle’s former band Palma Violets, along with keyboardist The Big Moon’s Celia Archer and guitarist Adam Brown. Taking their name from a song by The Incredible String Band, Gently Tender draw on the sounds of old Soul and Folk records, with a tinge of 60s and 70s psychedelic pop. Their love of those records shines through brightly on their first offering ‘2 Chords Good’ - a sprawling collective sound powered by the gang vocals of the entire band recalling everyone from Spiritualized and The Animals to Kevin Ayers and back again.
17:15 - WHENYOUNG
whenyoung are Aoife Power (Vocals/Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar) and Andrew Flood (Drums) who originate from Limerick in Ireland but are currently based in London.
First meeting as teenagers, sneaking into the only indie bar of their city in Ireland, they bonded over cheap vodka and The Velvet Underground.
In 2018 Whenyoung performed in Dublin as part of Shane Mcgowan's 60th birthday celebration alongside the likes of Nick Cave and Sinead O'Connor and played support slots with the like of Dream Wife and Declan McKenna. The trio release their debut album 'Reasons to Dream' on Virgin in May.
18:15 - OUR GIRL
Our Girl have been wowing a growing army of listeners ever since their debut gig supporting Honeyblood in September 2014. It was during that fledging performance that singer/guitarist Soph Nathan (The Big Moon) realized that, of the five bands she was then playing in, Our Girl was the perfect home for her redoubtable songwriting.
The product of a thriving Brighton scene that includes The Magic Gang, Dream Wife and Abattoir Blues, the band are capable of switching from stark tenderness to pulverising noise in a flash. Nathan's honest, personal lyrics float in a delicious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs, then suddenly cut to beautiful, intimate moments of lone guitar and reverb-hugged vocals.
The trio has performed with the likes of Sunflower Bean, TRAAMS, The Wytches, and The Magic Gang, and released their acclaimed self-titled debut Stranger Today this Summer.
18:15 - LAZY DAY *Replacing Our Girl*
If asked, Tilly Scantlebury will describe her younger self as “pretty fearless.” The Lazy Day singer remembers ripping off her armbands at the swimming pool before jumping in, or sharing the seat of her dad’s bicycle, pleading with her father to cycle faster down a hill to her school close to her north London home. Those of you lucky enough to have grabbed a copy of Lazy Day’s 2017 single With My Mind will have seen the proof of this. Tilly standing by the side of the pool, lost inside her big brother’s oversized trunks, armbands discarded, poised to jump in. Tilly has spent most of her life since taking risks, doing the opposite of what’s expected. A life lived fearless, just jumping in.
Lazy Day’s new E.P, Letters, on the band’s own label, Weird Cool Records (via Republic Of Music) is ample evidence of this. The E.P. was supported by ReBalance, an organization funded by Festival Republic with the support of the PRS Foundation which assists women in the process of making and recording music. Having started the recording process with her band at their studio in Hackney, the funding allowed Tilly to record at Czar Street Studios with producer Steph Marziano (Radiohead, Kasabian, The National). The funding empowered Tilly to really take control of the process and she recorded everything else herself in the studio with Steph.
The London band have a busy few months ahead including performances at the Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Community, Latitude festivals and more.
We are delighted that they can fill the shoes of Our Girl and we reckon you'll love em.
19:45 - GENGAHR
London's indie rock band Gengahr will be joining us on the day. Known for their haunting vocals and electrifying live shows, the left-field indie band have released two albums, toured with Jungle, The Strokes and Wolf Alice, and recently supported previous AYL? Festival headliner Ezra Furman at Brixton Academy. The enthralling London-based four piece played show-stopping sets at Boardmasters, Truck and Reading Festival last summer, and they’re sure to impress again when they venture to Reading.
21:00 - BAD SOUNDS
Bad Sounds fuse cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines and an undeniably addictive chorus, bringing sounds from across eras with a twist. Brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett started on different musical paths before the band was born, Ewan was keen on making hip-hop beats and playing with samples, Callum was more engrossed in the soul, pop and R’n’B of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. Combining Ewan and Callum’s differing styles, they come together create the colorful and unique world that is Bad Sounds.
Bath's Bad Sounds have been championed by Radio 1's Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, CLASH, NME, and NOISEY amongst others plus the band released their debut album 'Get Better' to rave reviews last Summer.
They performed a sold-out headline tour last year which finished with a one-off spectacular show at London's Heaven and are a band who bring 'the party' - we are thrilled to welcome them back to AYL?