Weekly Music Guide – 10.11.2021

Music fans, we’re here with your weekly Leicester music guide featuring news and interviews from across the local scene.

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News

Placebo – Tuesday 29 November
De Montfort Hall

This week Placebo announced news of their long-awaited 8th studio album. Nine years on from the release of their last outing Loud Like LoveNever Let Me Go is confirmed for release on 25th March 2022. Also announced is a new track from the album, ‘Surrounded By Spies’, along with 2022 headline tour… including a Leicester date at De Montfort Hall. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 17 November.

Diary Dates

Baby Strange – Thursday 11 November
The Soundhouse

Glasgow three-piece Baby Strange are Johnny Madden, Connaire McCann and Aidan McCann, the newest evolution of punk rock’n’roll. They have toured tirelessly in recent years, building an enthusiastically rampant live audience and fully maintaining their DIY ethos by creating their own artwork and videos. ‘The Glasgow three piece are all leather jackets, spit and snarl. Rama lama guitar thrills set to fire up a new generation, this is snotty disobedience, outright deviance set to guitar, bass and drums” – Clash.

Pink Floydian – Saturday 13 November
2Funky Music Cafe

A Pink Floydian show is much more than a gig, it is a faithful recreation of Floyd at their finest.

Chapter And Verse – Saturday 13 November
The Shed

East London boys who hit the UK scene like they’re veterans with a raw, energetic twist on the alt-rock genre. Formed in early 2015, the quartet came together with an immensely diverse taste but a unified vision of creating honest, passionate and hard-hitting tunes. The result is a cocktail of noisy alt-rock that has been likened to the sound of Circa Survive, Crooks UK and Saosin.

Emma Stevens – Tuesday 16 November
The Musician

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens is a regular on the British airwaves with Radio 2 playlisting tracks from both her debut album ‘Enchanted’ and 2014’s ‘Waves’.  Emma has also charmed tastemakers and blogs – Louder Than War described her music as “It’s pop, it’s folk, it’s indie, it’s kitsch, it’s wonderful”. She has toured with the likes of The Kooks and Feeder, and worked with a variety of artists including Kate Nash, Passenger and Jenn Bostic.

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Wednesday 17 November
Firebug

Glasgow grown indie rock at its finest.

GNOD – Wednesday 17 November
The Soundhouse

A Mancunian psychedelia collective drawing on influences as disparate as Afro-beat, krautrock, drone, noise and jazz. GNOD’s music rotates and expands around a constantly changing line-up, summoning the freak ‘n’ roll of Ash Ra Tempel, the motorik beat of Neu! and the groove of early Can. Their release with White Hills, “Drop Out…II”, was declared the best album to come out of Manchester in 2010.

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INTERVIEW – MOUTH CULTURE

Mouth Culture are the hottest new property on the Leicester music scene. If you like Wolf Alice and The 1975 then get these guys on your radar. Their December show at Firebug sold out in under 10 minutes, with tickets already selling fast for their biggest headline show yet, at The Y Theatre in May 2022. We caught up with them to find out more.

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Mouth Culture are the latest big Leicester ones to watch, how does it feel to be bursting through the top of the local scene?

Firstly, thank you, you are too kind! But it’s kinda nuts to be honest, we’ve played in Leicester since we were teenagers in different bands, and seeing how the scene has grown over the years is amazing. To be selling out shows and booking venues like The Y is so alien to us, but we’re excited to get stuck into it.

How did you find it as a band during lockdown when it came at what should have been such an exciting time for you?

It was rough to begin with, we had tours lined up and release plans which all got thrown out the window. But it came as a kind of blessing in disguise, we all live together and that first lockdown gave us a lot of time to find our sound and experiment. We were all writing everyday and discovering new music all the time, we really focussed on music and made it our outlet for what was going on for us at the time. Obviously all of us being caged in together created some tensions, but we’re in a much better place now for it, we’re family (insert Fast and the Furious meme here)So throw us in the tiniest van you can find, chuck us round the country and we’ll be sounddddd. The “These Days Mixtape” really is the sound of us carving out a good place through music in a tough situation.

Your upcoming gig at Firebug sold out within minutes, what can people expect from the show?

We can’t say too much, but we’ve played Firebug a few times now, and all we’ll say is that we want to make this one a bit special. It’s the last show on our little UK tour, so we wanna come home with a bang.

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Tell us a little about the background of the band?

We’re Leicester born and bred. Everyone has been playing music with each other for the best part of 10 years in one form or another. Mason and Jacob are cousins, they’ve been playing together since they were like 13, they met Chris at Leicester college, whilst studying music. Those three played in a few different bands, and met Jack whilst playing shows with his band at venues like Lock 42, The Cookie and The Soundhouse. Jack and Todd met whilst working together for a vintage clothing brand, the pair quickly became best friends, Todd needed a place to stay so he ended up moving in with Jack. Todd grew up playing acoustic gigs in pubs, with an unhealthy obsession with Ed Sheeran.

How would you describe Mouth Culture for anyone who isn’t familiar?

A big hit of 90s and 00s grunge and radio/indie rock, infused with some influences from Hip-Hop and R&B.

What’s your favourite thing about the Leicester scene?

The Leicester scene has spent a fair amount of it’s time saturated with hardcore and various metal/rock bands, it was hard to come up in LC if you were trying to be anything other than that. I guess our favourite thing now is the diversity we’re experiencing in the scene, it really feels like it’s alive. Leicester is such a culturally diverse city, and now it finally feels like we’re making the most of that.

If someone was listening to you for the first time, which song should they go to first?

“These Days” for sure. It kind of sums up where we’re at stylistically at the moment, and gives you a good idea of the direction we’re headed in.

Which 3 bands would be in your “For Fans Of” section?

Beabadoobie
Wolf Alice
The 1975

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What are your hopes for the next 12 months?

Play an amazing show at the Y Theatre next year, get on the festival circuit, and get out on some bigger tours. We’re currently writing another record, so you can expect that sometime next year too.

Where can people find out more?

Follow us “@themouthculture” on all of our socials, and head to www.mouthculture.com for tickets, merch and to sign up to our mailing list!

Come and see us at a show if you really wanna see what we’re about, the next Leicester show you can get tickets for is the Y Theatre on the 7th of May 2022. Tickets are available at www.mouthculture.com/tickets

Our debut EP the “These Days Mixtape” comes out on November the 19th, so make sure you follow us on Spotify or wherever it is you usually get your music from

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WEEKLY PLAYLIST

This week in our latest playlist we’re showcasing some of the acts you can see live in Leicester over the coming weeks. Get listening and buy some tickets.

Have a listen and get in touch to tell us which tracks you’re loving.

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