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CONVERSE GIGS @ 100 CLUB: APRIL

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After a storming run of performances that has seen the likes of Blood Orange and A$AP Ferg take to the venue’s legendary stage, the Converse Gigs @ 100 Club series is set to welcome ethereal R&B songwriter and producer How to Dress Well for an exclusive show in partnership with London radio station NTS.

Merging ever-surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B influence and a deep emotionality, Tom Krell has steadily established himself as one of the most unique and influential figures in contemporary experimental pop music. His new album, due for release by Weird World / Domino in June 2014, takes its influences from artists as varied as Prince, Burial, Tracy Chapman and Lou Reed.

How to Dress Well’s debut album Love Remains was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. Sequel Total Loss followed in 2012, named as one of the “Top 50 Albums of 2012″ by music outlet Pitchfork. The Converse @ 100 Club show will be Krell’s first London appearance since Field Day in 2013 and also sees him joined by an all-new four-piece band.

Support on the night comes from Glasgow-based producer and Young Turks signee Koreless, who will be performing a live set.

WHEN: Wednesday 23rd April

WHERE: The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London

To apply for tickets to the 18+ show… just enter your details in the form below.

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CONVERSE GIGS: NINA NESBITT & LOWER THAN ATLANTIS REVIEW

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

On a Monday night you could be forgiven for wanting to stay in and mourn the loss of yet another weekend, luckily for us Nina Nesbitt and Lower Than Atlantis were waiting in the infamous 100 Club wings to kick the week off in style.

The night began with Lower Than Atlantis stepping out of their more familiar territory with an exclusive acoustic set. Despite the change in delivery from these future Reading festival main stage players, the band delivered an incredible performance, captivating their adoring audience of fans who had queued for hours to see them. The tone may have been softer but the energy remained the same and it was soon apparent that we were witnessing a very special moment in the bands history. The set was littered with dialogue from front man Mike Duce between tracks, a genuine tack that quickly established him as a friend to every member in the room. Their cover of The Police’s classic ‘Message in a Bottle’ proved an unexpected highlight and credit is due to a band who turned their fast paced rock songs into credible acoustic versions.

After a brief pause and some indie anthems to keep the crowd going, petite, blonde songstress, Nina Nesbitt, strode onto the stage with an undeniable sense of presence to pick up where Lower Than Atlantis left off. Powering into her opening track, the crowd were soon enraptured with the feisty female holding the room and the set flowed effortlessly with tracks ‘The Apple Tree ‘and ‘Brit Summer’ from her forthcoming EP standing out along with favourite, ‘Stay Out’. Stay Out was the party piece, a grand finale of a song, which prompted a nice round of crowd interaction with a boy’s versus girls ‘Stay Out’ sing off. Sorry girls but the boys won hands down!

Accompanied by a strong backing band, new life was brought to Nina’s poppy offerings; giving perhaps an unexpected depth to the performance and leaving a sense that we may just have seen a future star in the making.

It was a night of two very different artists with very different sounds, coming together for the night and complimenting each other perfectly. It was quite simply, another Converse Gigs @ The 100 Club classic.

CONVERSE GIGS JUNE: NINA NESBITT INTERVIEW

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Nina has come a long way in a short space of time, from a chance encounter with Ed Sheeran in her native Scotland to topping the Itunes charts in less than two years, and all before reaching the age of 18. She’s currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her debut LP with producer Jake Gosling whose track record includes work with Sheeran and other chart toppers like Paloma Faith. Before making her 100 Club debut we caught up with Nina to talk about recording the new album and some more esoteric stuff like Spaghetti Carbonara and why her fans are called Nesbians.

Your latest release has a different sound to the earlier EPs, how would you say it has evolved over the last two years?

I think my style has progressed quite a bit, it’s a bit more diverse now. I like to experiment with lots of different genres when it comes to production and writing. Also I’d say my song writing has matured over time and also my sonic influences. You’re currently recording your official debut LP, how is it going, anything you can tell us at this stage? It’s going great! It’s been a VERY long process compared to recording an EP. Usually an EP is done in two or three days. My album has been going on for over a year now.

Some of the songs date back to three years ago. It’s definitely been good taking my time on it because I want to make it sound exactly how I want. Not everything comes together straight away and it’s taken experimenting a lot to get it right. I write songs all the time as well so some of the songs, including the next two singles were written just as the album was finishing. It will always be ‘work in progress’ until it’s actually up on iTunes ha! It’s been very surreal to hear my actual debut album come to life.

Is being Scottish something that feeds in to your music, if so how?

I guess my accent does a little? I’m not sure really, I just listen to music from all around the world and become influenced that way. I guess lyrically I mention a lot of Scottish things or places because I’m from there, but sonically I wouldn’t say so.

Do you have a certain audience in mind when you write your songs?

My audience at the moment is mainly under 21. I think that’s probably because I’m young myself and they can relate best. I just write songs that I feel like writing really or write them about other people’s situations if there’s nothing for me to write about myself. Sometimes when writing though I will think that certain songs will reach out more to younger people than others.

You had an early success singing Christina Aguilera, might we see a duet one day?

Ha! I don’t think so unfortunately, her voice would put mine to shame. I used to want to be a pop star with a massive voice like hers or Mariah but soon realised I didn’t have it. That’s why I started writing, production and picking up lots of instruments. It’s much more interesting for me, I’d find it really difficult to perform without an instrument now and I would always write my own songs. I guess singing songs by such amazing singers when I was younger taught me about how to use my voice perhaps.

Is it true your fans have the nickname ‘Nesbians’ how did that happen?

Yeah they called themselves Nesbians! They wanted to name the ‘fandom’ and someone suggested Nesbians and it stuck. I guess it’s quite catchy.

What was the last record you heard that you had to listen to again straight away?

The Jake Bugg record was awesome last year. Also loved Bruno Mars new album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

What record do you hope you never have to hear again?

That new Bridgit Mendler song, sorry :(

Tell us one non-musical thing you couldn’t live without?

Carbonara

What’s happening over the summer?

FESTIVALS, and the start of the album campaign.

Nina plays The 100 Club on June 10th with Lower Than Atlantis. Read more about the gig and apply for tickets HERE

GET DIRTY: IN THE CROWD

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Get Dirty London has drawn to a close, and if you haven’t checked out the live tracks, photos and reviews of all the nights then they’re available HERE. Once you’ve seen all that there’s still one more important perspective we’d like to represent, the crowd. The whole crowd at each of the shows were given a Get Dirty Disposable Camera, none of that digital business we’re talking old school film here so the shots have that rich, saturated look everyone tries to recreate on their phones. We’ve collected some of the best shots here from all three nights in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

We also gave cameras out to some of the websites, magazines and blogs that came down. Hip hop mainstays Potholes In My Blog came down to the MF Doom night, click the link below for an in depth review and some of their disposable camera handy-work:

Francesca from andsoshethinks came down to The Cribs night, her review and pictures can be found at the link below:

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GET DIRTY: GALLOWS, CARNIVAL KIDS, HOAX REVIEW

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


Right from the start it was clear the final night of Get Dirty London would be taking no prisoners. Hoax are about as fresh as you can get having only existed for less than a year, but their performance was up there with bands with a lot more years on the clock. Their latest single, ‘Bitter Angry Fake’ packed an almighty punch and set the stage perfectly for the rest of the night.

Addressing the now heaving mass of sweaty revellers, Carnival Kids knew they had to give it everything they had. The Anglo-Norwegian four-piece are also new to the scene but you wouldn’t know it. Their debut single ‘Fear Of Nothing’ sounded exactly like you might expect a track with that name to sound, a concise three minutes of high intensity guitars and raw punk energy. With the band already drawing comparisons to At The Drive In and Biffy Clyro, 2013 could well be their year.


Get Dirty was always going to be a special night for Gallows, it’s been a while since they played the UK and this was their first show without recently departed guitarist Steph Carter. Their packed international schedule has also kept them from intimate spaces like The 100 Club for some time. Add these things together with a baying pack of rowdy fans and you’ve got the formula for something truly explosive. And explode they did, the whole club erupted as soon as they hit the stage and the next 45 minutes were a textbook lesson in how a punk rock show should look, sound and feel. Flying arms, legs, guitars and who knows what else collided in a cloud of sweat and madness. Without neglecting the classics, they veered musically towards newer material with ‘Cross Of Lorraine’ marking a particularly intense moment.

That concludes Get Dirty, London thanks to the packed-out crowds and all the bands for making it an amazing, intense celebration of the best music from three very different worlds.

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GET DIRTY: GHOSTFACE KILLAH, DOOM, BISHOP NEHRU REVIEW

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Hip hop royalty descended on the 100 Club on Thursday night with a history lesson served up by two of the godfathers of the underground scene plus a new talent playing his debut show outside NYC.

That newcomer was 16-year-old Bishop Nehru, one of the brightest new stars in a burgeoning new school of East Coast MCs. He had a lot of work to do warming the stage up for such hallowed company, but proved himself more than up to the task. His DJ dropped a succession of solid gold instrumentals including subtle nods to Wu Tang and Doom and he dropped all the highlights from his ‘Nehruvia’ mixtape, which is a good place to start if you want to hear more.


An ever-elusive character, Doom was eagerly anticipated by the crowd and he didn’t disappoint. Taking to the stage with a rendition of ‘Rhymin Slang’ from last year’s JJ Doom collaboration LP the man in the mask was in full effect. Taking the somewhat unusual approach of DJing and rapping at the same time using a laptop he teased the crowd through punchy renditions of everything from obscure classics like ‘People, Places and Things’ through to more recent cuts like ‘Gazzillion Ear’ and ‘Ballskin’.

Energy levels were already high when Ghostface Killah bounced on to the stage but him and surprise partner Sheek Louche from legendary crew The LOX ramped things up to fever pitch. Ghostface classics like ‘The Champ’ rode alongside classic Wu Tang material like ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’. He even invited an eager member of the audience on stage to drop the ODB verses making one lucky fan very happy indeed.

With the old and new schools of the East Coast thoroughly represented the second night of Get Dirty, London was a hip hop lovers dream, onwards to Gallows and heavier musical territory.

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GET DIRTY: THE CRIBS, DRENGE, CHINA RATS REVIEW

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Night one of Get Dirty, London set the bar high with three bands from Yorkshire covering three very different styles. A broad slice of the best rock and roll the UK is producing was served up across three action packed hours. Kicking things off were Leeds four piece China Rats who channeled vintage riffs and vocal harmonies on raucous crowd pleasers like last year’s ‘Be Like I’. Recently back from SXSW the boys have a packed schedule for the rest of the summer and it’s easy to see why.

Drenge are an all-together different proposition, these two brothers strip things down to just guitar and drums in the style of classic double acts like the White Stripes or newcomers like Deap Valley, who Drenge have supported. A short, sharp shock of dirty and driving riffs followed that sounded at once classic and brand new. It doesn’t veer too much in to psychic territory to feel like these brothers have an intimate stage connection; the drums, guitar and vocals bob and weave together in perfect imperfection. Seek them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Almost ten years has passed since The Cribs last played The 100 Club, something they fondly remembered on stage, before announcing, “Welcome to adulthood” with something of a wry smile. If this is adulthood then it’s the kind anyone can get behind, an exuberant mix of youthful energy and razor sharp lyrics. The set was a treat for old and new fans, with classics like ‘Men’s Needs’ jutting up against recent release ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’. They even opened things up to the crowd at one point, resulting in 2007’s ‘Girls Like Mystery’. They closed with fan favourite ‘City Of Bugs’, sung more by the crowd than the band, and everyone was still singing it as they spilt out in to the warm spring air on Oxford St. Two more nights to come…

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GET DIRTY: HOAX INTERVIEW

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

We listen to absolutely everything. Everything from death metal to bluegrass, country, funk,hip-hop, grime, hardcore, downtempo, sometimes folk..sometimes. Our sound is always developing but we try and tick all our musical influences when writing. Keeps our options open and our creativity buzzing at all times!

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

We love playing the places we don’t usually get the chance to play but London takes some beating. Its where we are all based, all our friends and family come down, great hangs and parties after the show.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I think more bands are realising live performances are increasingly important now due to lack of record sales, which is great to see as your guaranteed a great night. But the early 60s with the rise of funk soul R&B movement would have been magical!

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

I’d have to say Cancer Bats or While She Sleeps, those dudes tour all year round, and work it hard! So nice to see the old school attitude of just jumping in a van and playing wherever, whenever, however many show they possibly can! Love it.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc? Or should the focus just be the artists on stage?

I think it’s got to be a bit of both. There’s something magical about both sides, just getting up plugging in and going for it creates such a raw vibe but having full production can visually blow your mind as well.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

James Brown

…and what would you talk about backstage?

I’d just sit quietly and watch. All the time.

Hoax play The 100 Club, London on April 19th with Carnival Kids and Gallows. For full information and updates head to facebook.com/converse

GET DIRTY: BISHOP NEHRU INTERVIEW

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

Nas, MF DOOM, Wu Tang, Black Moon, Eminem, Pharrell. Everyday life also influences me and my music.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I definitely wish I could have be involved in the hip-hop golden era and I’m going to try to do everything I can to make the golden era come back at least for a little while.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

Me and My team.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc? Or should the focus just be the artists on stage?

Yeah, I don’t think lighting or any of that matters you know, I think the main focus should be on the artist and the music he’s putting out.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

AZ, he needed a lot of support he didn’t get. The dude’s SO underrated.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

I don’t know but backstage at this show i’ll probably be trying to find DOOM and Ghostface so they can sign some vinyls and take a selfie with me.

Bishop Nehru plays Converse Get Dirty at The 100 Club, London. April 18th. Stay tuned to facebook.com/converse for updates.

GET DIRTY: DRENGE INTERVIEW

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

Tough one. I’ve never modeled myself on any particular musician and we haven’t done that as a band either, we tend to just listen to a load of stuff, which bears no relation to what we play, and it’s hard to figure out how much of a stake it has in the outcome. Covers are the best thing when you’re learning how to play because it gives you a direction and teaches you how songs are put together, and we probably wouldn’t be anywhere now if it wasn’t for Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.

But when you start getting caught up learning other peoples’ solos and recreating set ups then you start to lose your own identity. I try not to think too much about what’s already been done, even if it is as tremendous as Keane’s songs are. Our music is by no means especially cutting edge, it’s something we just find ourselves doing.

Tell us about the hardest tour you’ve done, any good stories?

I went on a school trip to Denmark when I was 16 playing drums with my school’s jazz and brass bands, and a few of us got drunk one night at a Michael Jackson tribute concert (who wouldn’t?!) Our punishment was losing the chance for all the Year 11s to go out for a kebab with the teachers on the last night. We got a lot of kebab hungry cold shoulders the next few days.

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

We played a few shows in Dingle in Ireland at the end of last year and I haven’t found anywhere that tops it yet. If there’s anywhere with a nearby dolphin and high concentration of brightly coloured pubs, let me know.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

R Stevie Moore has probably put out more music this year than we’ve ever written. He has a huge discography.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

They’re not a band, if we could support any one, it would be Sheffield FC. They’re the oldest club in the world. Maybe we could play a half time show, whilst they’re handing out the oranges, but I’d be more content in the stands supporting.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

The early 1-2-7 formation. How can you justify having 7 attackers and 1 defender?! Madness. I’d need that explaining. They’ve had a bus named after them too! I wonder if they get free fares.

Drenge play The 100 Club, London on April 17th with The Cribs & China Rats. For full information and tickets go HERE.