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Oporto presents

@ Holy Trinity Church

Gaslight Club

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Gaslight Club -
Every Monday

Dogging Club

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Mon20October
Gaslight Club
Zachary Lucky (Can) + Toby Noble Music & Simon Widdowson
8.30pm

Free

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Leeds' finest free for all, NYC, Greenwich Village Style, Hootenanny.

Every Monday Dead Young Records' Gaslight Club welcomes the best songwriters, singers, acoustic acts, bands, performances and the more eclectic and eccentric elements of Leeds' (and more recently the world's) musical scene to Oporto or a hushed, candle lit soiree hosted by the incredibly gifted Gary Stewart and his talented friends.

This week we have: Zachary Lucky (Can) + Toby Noble Music & Simon Widdowson

...and of course your host as always Gary Stewart!

From 8.30pm - 11pm (bar til 2am)
Oporto
Call Lane, Leeds, LS1

FREE ENTRY & special offers from Dogging Club!

Tue21October
Cocos Lovers
Hot Feet & The All
£8 adv.

8pm - 11pm
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‘Kent Coast Folk with an African Twist’ – The Independent
‘Lively and incredibly infectious’ ... ‘Full of spiraling songs to be danced to in a field or enjoyed at home for their life and unassumingly poetic lyrics.’ – Maverick

Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channelling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots. Hailing from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit 7-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion.

Their debut album, Johannes, was conceived in 2008 when the newly-formed group quit their regular jobs and ventured out on an odyssey around Europe. They busked the streets of countless towns, worked on farms, stayed in squats and communes and wrote music inspired by their experiences. Johannes was released through the band’s own co-operative; Smugglers Records, in spring 2010, winning For Folk’s Sake’s album of the year poll and much critical acclaim:

Smugglers Records has gone on to release 15 records, put on hundreds of music nights across the Southeast and established its own sell-out Smugglers Festival in Kent. It was here, camping out in the festival’s absinthe bar amidst a ‘christmas tree forest’, where Cocos Lovers hid themselves away during the summer of 2012 to write their third album Gold or Dust; taking time off to build stages and compost loos ready for the festival. Once the summer was over the band began working with producer Joel Magill (Syd Arthur, Dawn Chorus Recording Company) and set about recording the new album at Wicker Studios, home of Kate Bushes early records. Gold or Dust explores the apocalyptic destiny of our existence and drifts through folk, world, classical and psychedelic influences.

Website: http://www.cocoslovers.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cocos-Lovers/73930229698
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cocoslovers
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cocos-lovers

+ Hot Feet & The All

Tickets from Crash Records, Jumbo Records or here: www.wegottickets.com/event/281006

Wed22October
Buen Chico
Bloom & Tsar Nicholas III and the Exiles
8pm

£3
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This will be Buen Chico's last gig in Leeds before our Matthew swans off on his travels, so it's a good opportunity to catch him before he gets some ill-advised dreads. Support from Bloom & Tsar Nicholas III and the Exiles

£2.50 for advance tickets, £3 on the door

Thu23October
The Struts
Sold out
£Sold out

8pm

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“We’ll be fine handling fame. We’re already massive rock stars in our heads. Only our circumstances will change and we can afford to go out more often.” Luke Spiller

Finally! After too many years of waiting, a rock & roll band have arrived with the flamboyance, the style and, yes, the strut to match their unstoppable tunes. When was the last time a band wanted to be this glamorous, and insistent that only the stadiums will do for their music?
In Luke Spiller The Struts are blessed with a frontman who, to quote his own neat summary: “I was born to do this. And I’ll die doing it.” Not for Luke the prissy “If anyone else likes it, it’s a bonus” talk of a generation of cautious bands who have second-guessed rock & roll into the margins.

“Too many bands are afraid,” reasons Luke. “They’re looking over their shoulder, too concerned with thinking ‘Can I get away with this?’ and caught up with what’s currently cool. You need a good level of songwriting, of course, but you need a level of performance and style too. You need flamboyance.”

Of course, such fighting words would be nothing without the swaggering songs to back them up. Luckily for us all, The Struts are kindly giving us I Just Know - a stomper of a track - sounding like a revitalised Axl Rose penning a new Brown Sugar. “It’s our most insistently addictive and repetitive song,” explains Luke. “If you like that, you’ll love our other songs.”

They include Put Your Money On Me, the underdog anthem Noel Gallagher is now far too rich to get away with and She Makes Me Feel Like, an absurd and absurdly catchy boogie that realises the secret to pop is knowing when a well-timed “Woah woah woah” is the perfect lyric.

“I’ve always known what I wanted,” says Luke. “Rock & roll with a contemporary twist, pushing it forwards again at last. From day one, that’s come naturally to this band. The world is ready for us, because it’s been 12 years since The Libertines, who were the last band to do something truly new. I don’t think bands are bothered about chart success right now. It doesn’t sound like they truly want it, anyway. But at least there’s starting to be a fightback – The Strypes and Temples have a great look too.”

If Luke sounds evangelical about music, it’s partly because of his background. He’s the son of born-again Christians and went to church in Bristol every Sunday until he was 16. “When I could stop going, it gave me an extra day to myself,” he explains. And, lo, that day was filled with rock. He guzzled up the greats, from Led Zeppelin to Queen via Leonard Cohen and AC/DC, and hasn’t stopped inhaling since.

“Because my parents didn’t have any music to offer me, it felt like I was the only person who’d ever listened to this stuff,” he states. “The last thing you should do is regurgitate what you’ve been brought up on. You want to get into what feels like it’s cutting-edge.”

Luke may have been starved of rock, but discovered a love of performing when, aged seven, he acted a lead roll in a school play – “Something clicked, and I knew it was my calling to perform.”

But, just when Luke’s first band were getting somewhere, “university got in the way”. He worked as a cleaner at the time, “mopping up piss and shit every day”, and was debating how much to dilute his dream when a friend recommended guitarist Adam Slack. He may have been three years younger and living in Derby, but Luke uprooted himself on the spot.
The pair spent a year writing songs before feeling they were ready, recruiting bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies via mutual friends. “We’re perfectly balanced,” grins Luke. “Some are more sensitive, or socially outgoing or more organised than others. Everyone has found their own place. That was the hard part, staying good with each other.”

The other missing part was finding the right producers, who also came from opposite ends of the spectrum – new Bournemouth production team Red Triangle, and unlikely pop svengali Ray Hedges, veteran of No 1 productions for Take That, B*Witched and Gareth Gates. “It was ages since Ray had been in with a band,” Luke explains. “So he was really excited, going ‘This is so refreshing’. We were both out of our comfort zone.” It was Ray’s idea to utilise the synth used by The Sweet on ‘70s classics like Fox On The Run, adding a timeless feel to the likes of It Could Have Been Me.

Soon, songs like Kiss This were added, written after Luke’s then-girlfriend cheated on him with his then-best mate. “I wrote it three weeks later,” says Luke, now 24. “I know they’ve both heard it. I don’t know what they think, but I’m getting them back – and that song will be around forever.
“I find it easy to write songs that connect with people, by making them personal. That’s one of the reasons rock & roll has been fizzling out, that lack of connection with everyone. I’ve known what it’s like to seethe with frustration and put your dreams to one side, to think ‘I’m on my own and there’s bills coming in.’ But you can’t let your dreams die.”

Dreaming big is writ large in The Struts’ name. Having toyed with alternatives including Dynamo Hum and Baby Strange, The Struts was suggested by their manager “after seeing me strut about in rehearsals”. It was perfect and, as Luke notes, “I can’t believe no-one else has thought of it before.”

Showing the moves, Luke has led The Struts through many gigs that have already had critics racking up the superlatives.
“I come off stage unable to remember what’s happened,” he ponders. “It’s so natural, I go into autopilot. Some character within me takes over and I’m looking in from the outside. It really is like an out of body experience. I don’t know where it comes from, I just draw it from the ether and it flows through me.

“I’ve worn some pretty ridiculous things on stage before, but my look gets more defined each day. I can’t get away from the days when art, style and music were being pushed to their limits: Queen’s early moody, gothy look, or Keith Richards during Exile On Main Street. He just looked so cool.”

Luke is so convinced of his destiny that even his parents now accept he’s doing the right thing. “Dad is a gospel singer, so I connect with him on a musical level – and mum is quite stylish,” Luke enthuses. “And before they became born-again, it turns out they used to like rock & roll too.” They were convinced Luke’s fame was written in the stars anyway. When Luke was five, he had a reading done at his local church which his mother presented to him at the start of this year.

“It was two paragraphs, which said that I’d be a leader with a voice heard by hundreds of thousands of people,” he boggles. “They thought that meant I’d be a preacher, maybe a journalist. But it seems a lot clearer now…”

JOHN EARLS

http://www.thestruts.com

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Sun26October
Lola Colt
Album launch party
FREE

7.30pm - late

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"Brooding psychedelic rock" - The Independent

"Sexy yet hypnotic" - Noisey

"Lola Colt have enticingly approximated that spaghetti-western-noir-pop crossover" - Q Magazine.

"All motorcycle thrills and fuzzed up guitar lines" - Clash Magazine

"Feels like walking into Andy Warhol's factory, you are in for a mind expanding treat" - The Line Of Best Fit

Free entry show/party the night before their debut album produced by Jim Sclavunos, long-standing member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, limited space, get down early.

Mon27October
Gaslight Club
Lotte Mullan, Tea Leaf & Edd Saffell
8.30pm

Free

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Leeds' finest free for all, NYC, Greenwich Village Style, Hootenanny.

Every Monday Dead Young Records' Gaslight Club welcomes the best songwriters, singers, acoustic acts, bands, performances and the more eclectic and eccentric elements of Leeds' (and more recently the world's) musical scene to Oporto or a hushed, candle lit soiree hosted by the incredibly gifted Gary Stewart and his talented friends.

This week we have: Lotte Mullan, Tea Leaf + Edd Saffell

...and of course your host as always Gary Stewart!

From 8.30pm - 11pm (bar til 2am)
Oporto
Call Lane, Leeds, LS1

FREE ENTRY & special offers from Dogging Club!

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