Due to current events we’ve had to move around our weekly music news, however we will still be here every Tuesday with a Leicester music update for you in partnership with PPL PRS Ltd.
Metz – O2 Academy
Tuesday 21 September 2021
Based out of Toronto, Canadian noise punk trio METZ formed in 2007, taking equal inspiration from the battered rock trappings of ’90s grunge and the noisier side of shoegaze’s textural guitars. The group plays taut, angular melodies with turn-on-a-dime precision and muscular impact, hitting hard and letting the noisier side of their personality take center stage. Tickets on sale on Friday.
Kingsize – The Donkey
Saturday 10 October
From 4pm. Enjoy an afternoon/evening of ska at The Donkey as Kingsize perform live. Tickets are sold as tables, with only 20 tables available £32 a table of four. TICKETS.
Looma – The Musician
Thursday 8 October
Three parts English, one part Orkney, Looma play acoustic roots and folk music from the swamps of Louisiana to the Swedish midnight sun, and everywhere in between. TICKETS
Live Friday Night Jazz – Brick & Beam
Friday 9 October
Friday Night Jazz on the heated fooftop terrace. Due to popular demand, they now have an early evening and late evening show! Early Evening Show – 6:30pm, Late Evening Show – 8:00pm, Happy Hour – 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Message them on Facebook to reserve a table.
Scumbag Lion + Tom Iliffe + Callum Cook – The Soundhouse
Friday 9 October
Leicester based Alt Rock/Slacker-Math 4 Piece, Scumbag Lion, are stripping it back for an acoustic gig at The Soundhouse next week. Only 30 tickets available. TICKETS.
Wake Up Promotions Unplugged – The Musician
Saturday 10 October
Enjoy a great evening of unplugged local talent with Mikey Kerslake, Jane Orton, Daz Lynch and Paul Roberts. All seated with table service. TICKETS.
Two in the Parlour – The Black Horse (LE3)
Saturday 10 October
Two in The Parlour are renowned for rearranging songs you know and love into new exciting arrangements. Free entry.
Dave McPherson (InMe) – Firebug
Sunday 11 October
Join InMe’s lead singer, Dave McPherson, for a special socially distanced show. “I’ve been married to music all my life. I’m a singer songwriter musician who writes sad songs. I also moonlight with noisy bands, especially those InMe scoundrels for the last 20 years.” TICKETS
INTERVIEW: Dogs Don’t Deal
Dogs Don’t Deal is a musical collaboration, formed during lockdown, between Leicester based singer songwriter Michael Vickers, electronic producer Cobbler and singer Bryony Monkhouse. With an EP written and recorded in lockdown and a new single out now, we caught up with singer, Michael Vickers, to find out more about it all.
How would you describe your music for anyone new listening?
It is a combination of Indie and Electronic, using samples with a male vocal which is spoken and sung in a rap like manner, backed by a female vocal. The lyrics are an integral part of the sound and tell a story throughout the EP.
Which 3 artists would you list as your “For fans of…” description?
The Streets, Easy Life, Billy Eilish
Tell us about your new single…
Chasing Numbers is a song about valuing values over things of value. We often put others down, rather than build them up, and focus on the wrong things. Sometimes success seems to be measured by wealth, rather than happiness.
How was it to be working with a producer like Cobbler?
It’s been awesome, he’s great, he makes these awesome beats with some really interesting scales and ideas in. He’s a lovely guy too. We send each other over recordings and he produces it all. It’s been great to come out with a project like this which is different to anything we’ve done before.
How has the response been to the single so far?
Great! Dean Jackson played Chasing Numbers on his BBC Introducing in the East Midlands show, and people have been getting in touch to say how much they like it. And now you guys are interviewing us about it. As far as debut releases go, we’re over the moon. We’re all overwhelmed and touched by the response.
Who are some of your favourite Leicester bands/singers?
Massive shoutouts to Dayflower, who have just released a brand new song called Stuck To You. Also Wailing Badger, I played with them live in January, their lead singer Stephen Potter has a great voice and is probably the best guitarist we’ve seen in Leicester, he’s awesome check them out! Arcades are awesome too, and of course Easy Life.
What have you missed most during the lockdown period?
Playing live gigs. But we have used this time to get some music out, which we wouldn’t change for the world, we even have the second EP half finished!
How important do you think the live scene is in Leicester and how can people help?
Unbelievably important. Leicester has produced some incredible bands and artists over the years, and will continue to do so. People can help by continuing to support the venues by coming to shows and buying artist merch! Although of course at the minute it is still a very strange time for all of that.
What does the next 12 months hold for you?
A second EP! Who knows, maybe an album! We can’t wait to record more music, we’ve had so much fun making these tracks and have plenty more left in the tank!!
Hear more from Dogs Don’t Deal via their Soundcloud.
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