Karousel Music presents:
SESAC x Karousel East London Showcase
Orchid Collective + Sharky + L E I O + The Recoupes
Entry Requirements: Over 16, 18 for Alcohol
Welcome to the Pre TGE 2018 East London Showcase. Click the artist profiles for info.
"If you too have been missing the yearning atmospheric guitar fuelled lyricism of Tyneside's 'Grand Father Birds' since their premature demise, may I commend you to Ireland's splendid Orchid Collective" - Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) “Full on light show, a ridiculously tight band!” - Phil Taggart (BBC Radio One) “ It’s powerful stuff. So powerful that you’d be surprised if this young band weren’t very big indeed in the not-too-distant future — not least because their sound in moments has echoes of Coldplay channelling Crosby Stills & Nash with bells and possibly whistles on.” - Barry Egan (Irish Independent)" ''A rousing independent folk-pop sound with harmony to the fore" - Nialler9 "Lay As Stone" could have quite easily been written by Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens or Fleet Foxes. This Dublin four-piece has opened its recording account at a level that few young acts could possibly match. -** Dan Hegarty (RTE/ CBC MUSIC)** ''It's brilliant''- Stephen McAuley (BBC) ''They make something very difficult sound very easy''- Jim Lockhart (Senior producer RTE/ Horslips) ''Sounds like a band at the start of something...'' - Dave Fanning (RTE 2FM)
Orchid Collective consist of four musicians from each corner of Ireland, David O ‘ Shea (lead vocals, guitar), Shea Tohill (lead guitar, vocals), Hugh O’Neill (bass, vocals) and Darra Doyle (drums, vocals). Orchid Collective being together for just under two years have been gigging relentlessly throughout Ireland and the UK. Working tirelessly to create a fresh and exciting live show for their growing audience. Mixing a combination of vocal harmonies and ambient soundscapes, akin to the likes of their inspirations Villagers, Half Moon Run, Alt- J and Bon Iver.
Constant touring and dedication to the road has seen Orchid Collective grow a loyal fan base. Playing packed out tents at almost every festival in Ireland in 2017 (Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Sea Sessions) to making their debut UK appearance at Y Not Festival in Derbyshire. Finding themselves on playlists across RTE 2FM, RTE Radio One, getting spins on BBC Radio One as Phil Taggart's Future First and BBC Six as Tom Robinson's Fresh Faves. Recent single L.A.Z.Y has clocked 50,000 streams on Spotify and can be found in Breath of Fresh Eire, Discover Weekly and Fresh Finds playlists. Latest offerering Winter's Pass seems to follow suit with 7,000 streams in just three weeks.
Through their own distinct use of vocal harmonies and searing layers of reverbed guitars; Orchid Collective make themselves known as a band that set themselves apart from their contemporaries, offering a bold new imagining of the indie genre.
Sharky’s voice acts almost like its own instrument as her vocals slide from one syllable and word to the next, creating a silky and smooth melodic line against an accomplished jazz/funk/soul musical backdrop.
L E I O is an exciting new British singer songwriter. After spending time honing her writing in the US, her sound began to diversify through collaborations with Grammy award- winning writers and producers, contemporaries of India Arie, Michael Jackson and Alicia keys. Successfully blurring the boundaries between genres, L E I O effortlessly weaves heart-wrenching lyrics between layers of pop soul goodness. Her debut single 'Unhinged', produced by Mood Melodies ('Faded' Alan Walker) is due out summer 2018.
The Recoupes deliver blistering sets, not only in their native London/Essex but across the country playing venues such as the O2 Islington (supporting The Hoosiers), Camden Assembly and The Goodship. With BBC airplay already under their belt, the young band recently worked with Gavin Monaghan and Joe Murray (Robert Plant, Ocean Colour Scene, JAWS, The Sherlocks) on their latest track ‘All I Know’ released on the 25th January this year.
“Indie rock band The Recoupes keep on showing me and the world why the UK is king when it comes to the genre…” (Wolf In A Suit)
"‘Lovinit’ Is a sweet toned zippy track masked in cool effortless vibes." (Indie Buddie)
"The Recoupes are rightfully being seen as one of the hottest new indie bands London has to offer in 2017." (Music Existence)
“The band delivered a blistering hour-long set of original songs, Hearts and Simple just two of their standout tracks.” (Record Collector 24.09.15)
“…have played in various bars and clubs across London, including Alleycat Bar and Club, in Soho, Surya club in Pentonville and Dublin Castle in Camden.”(The Guardian)
“It is my honest prediction that this band could be one to watch, with talent like they all hold, they are sure to be picked up.” (Indie Kiddie)