Songeist Showcase @ Sebright Arms 04/12/2013

There’s nothing more exciting (for me anyway) than witnessing an amazing live act before they break out into the mainstream and you can say that you were there to discover them first. Instant cool kudos. So when I heard about Songeist, a new music downloading website supporting new talent, I was all for checking out one of their live showcases. 

Held at the Sebright arms I felt it was necessary to begin Christmas festivities with a pint or two, (or three). I think the comedy glassware was enough entertainment for me pre-show, sporting my contribution to Movember…let’s just ignore the fact it’s now December, at least the thought was there.

Screen shot 2013-12-14 at 11.52.25After larking around with moustache pint glasses (so easily amused) and sampling the Sebright arms legendary burgers, Vegetarian for me of course, it was time to head downstairs and watch some bands.

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Dance a la Plage have been plugging away at the festival circuit this year, charming their way through sets with heartfelt songs and a likeable stage presence. They have an instantly recognisable sound, easily comparable to Vampire Weekend, where punctuated guitar flicks lead the way. 

The upbeat She’s Gone By the Morning and Matilda are infectiously confident feet stomping tracks. In fact, this band make it darn right impossible not to have a good time, where memories of festivals and sunshine spring to mind.

If Dance a la Plage keep putting the work in, then it’s inevitable that indie girls everywhere will slowly start latching on to their youth driven spirit and catchy hooks.

Screen shot 2013-12-14 at 12.43.26After being listed on Popjustice as one to watch in 2014, the Queen of Hearts debut album is hotly anticipated for release. With dewy vocals infused with electro beats and plenty of pouting along the way this lady already has her pop persona nailed.

My personal favourite track, Black Star mixes dubstep electronica with layered pop vocals that are unapologetically trashy, but in a good way – Think Kesha on acid. Her live performance isn’t as gripping as we’d hoped though, where the pouty looks become a bit tiresome after a while. Although, having said that, Queen of Hearts makes it clear she’s not here to dance around like a fool, she’s no Lady Gaga intimidation. And in a way, her eye contact with the crowd and subtle stage presence add an element of mystery which keep us on our toes.

Although I’m not usually a fan of manufactured pop music, Queen of Heats is definitely a pop act to watch for 2014. There’s just something intriguing about her that I can’t quite pinpoint and if you go to one of her shows I think you’ll know what I mean. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this lady in future (and not in a creepy way).

I’ll be looking forward to Songeist’s next music showcase, where i’ll also be checking out some of the recordings from the night in the meantime.

To get you started you can listen to Queen of Hearts here: http://www.songeist.com/queenofhearts

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3 thoughts on “Songeist Showcase @ Sebright Arms 04/12/2013

  1. I don’t think there’s anything manufactured about Queen of Hearts, the girl writes her own stuff for example. Saw her more than a year ago and in summer in Madrid and she’s very good. Definitely hoping 2014 is her year!

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