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Fightmilk – Sunday 16 January
Formed in the beer gardens of London in 2015, Fightmilk create sweary, stroppy, shouty 90’s tinged pop-punk, and take influence from Sharon van Etten, The Beths, Charly Bliss, Bully, Speedy Ortiz, Liz Phair, The Lemonheads and Japanese Breakfast.
Cultdreams – Wednesday 19 January
Formerly known as Kamikaze Girls but changing their name to Cultdreams in 2019, this Leeds/London Riot Grrrl duo consists of vocalist and guitarist Lucinda Livingstone and drummer Conor Dawson. Together they have used music as a means to challenge attitudes and taboos surrounding mental health.
Cast – Saturday 22 January
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their magnificent debut album, All Change, Cast will be performing the record in its entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits.
The KVB – Friday 28 January
Dark wave, post punk, shoegaze from London.
INTERVIEW – Prianca Adatia
Leicester’s Prianca Adatia has just released her first single, Spacecraft Burnout, a song which talks through her journey with PTSD. We caught up with her to find out more about it and future plans.
How would you describe your music?
I would say soulful. I don’t sing anything I don’t mean, every song of mine has a story that I have a personal experience with- I might be singing about something that I went through or what I’ve perceived. I think that having an emotional relationship with each song enhances my sound. I want my listeners, especially with my upcoming single SPACECRAFT BURNOUT, to feel the pain in my voice. My music speaks for itself – it’s a diary of a specific period in my life with an insight into my past. My music is riddled with metaphors that depict how I am feeling or have felt in the past eg SPACECRAFT BURNOUT is about my journey through PTSD. I felt like I was in a spacecraft alienated from the present and living in the past and the burnout refers to how exhausting it was reliving past trauma in my mind.
Which 3 artists would be listed in your “for fans of” section?
The Weeknd, ROSALÌA and Adele
You’ve spoken about using music to express your journey with PTSD, how has music helped in your recording?
Overall, the whole experience has been very cathartic and it was empowering. There were instances where I had to take breaks from recording. I took a walk to clear my mind and went back to recording because singing about the past and how I felt about it was very emotionally draining.
How did you get into music?
Music was my favourite subject in primary school and I loved being part of a choir. My music teacher heard my potential and encouraged me to perform solos. My love for singing and performing grew. As a teenager you would hardly see me without my headphones because I was always listening to music. In 2016 I started to write and make my own songs to capture the emotional troubles I was going through at the time. I teamed up with a music producer and we recorded some demos. Then my connections grew in time and now I feel confident enough to release my debut single.
What do you think of the local scene in Leicester?
Leicester will always be home for me and I am proud of how rich in culture the city is. I really enjoyed attending the Caribbean Carnival and the Leicester Mela a few years ago. I’ve also loved the shows put on at Curve. I love that there’s multiple venues, such as Firebug, which showcase new artists.
Which artists inspire you?
Currently the artists I listen to the most and I am a massive fan of are: Halsey and Juice WRLD because I love how they are open to displaying vulnerabilities through their songs. Displaying human-sheltered emotions through songs is a very brave thing to do and Halsey and Juice WRLD have encouraged their fans to be open about their mental health.
I’m a fan of Dave – he is a very talented lyricist and his music always puts me in a good mood. Also Dave gave up studying law to focus on a music career and as a law graduate I applaud that.
What are your biggest goals for 2022?
Release my debut album is the biggest goal of 2022. Also I would love to have one of my songs played on a radio station in 2022. I would say the most rewarding goal would be my music helping and empowering even just one person. If someone messages me saying “Prianca, I really relate to your songs and I have been inspired and empowered listening to them” I would be over the moon.
This week we’re taking a look back over some of the best tracks released by local artists in 2021.
Have a listen and get in touch to tell us which tracks you’re loving.