The Lords rock band formed in 2003 when then-Wolves-Of-Grecians Lord Phillippe (aka Phil) and Lord Christophe (aka Chris) discovered the wonder of jamming extremely loud electric guitar music under the influence of chong, thanks to Twinkie drummer Lord Elvin (aka Elvis).
Formed with no pre-conceived ideas around style (other than ‘it must be Lordy’), Lords quickly became a way for 3 chaps from the DIY underground punk scene of the UK to explore their love of classic rock, mentalist free jazz and all points inbetween.
They played a gadzillion gigs and released 2 ‘proper’ albums as well as countless split releases, radio sessions and comp appearances. In 2007 they went to SXSW on a research mission into Tex Mex cuisine and possibly played a gig while they were there. They shared stages with The Groundhogs, Shellac, The Magic Band, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Trans Am, The Fucking Champs and, of course, approximately one hundred thousand times with Bilge Pump, Hey Colossus and Part Chimp.
Their last gig occurred in 2009 at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. Over the years this started to feel like the wrong way to end a band that was always about playing far too loud in a room that was far too small with people who were far too drunk. But with band members now split between Nottingham, Bradford and the far west coast of Ireland it always seemed unlikely that they would be able to do anything about it.
However, earlier this year Phil turned 40. So Lords decided to have one practice and play in Leeds. This turned into Leeds and Nottingham. Twice. It was fun and it was kind of… good. Maybe not as tight as ten years ago but probably not as stoned either.
Now Chris is turning 40 also (Elvis insists he is ageless) and they’re doing it again. Don’t call it a comeback.
The mighty Bilge Pump. Formed sometime around 1971 (I can’t remember, it might be later) and unquestionably the finest 3 piece rock musical group you will ever see.
The Pump are the rare combination of musical skill and imagination. As a musical unit they’re up there with Led Zep or King Crimson but they never use the band to flex their muscles, it’s always about the communication between the 3 of them and you the audience, making them closer to the communal euphoria of fellow Leeds-ers Gang Of Four than some bloated prog rock nightmare.
They are phenomenal, unique and they’d play for 5 hours if someone didn’t pull the plug on them. We’re honoured to have them back.
Sweet Williams started as the solo project of former Charlottefield singer/guitarist (and Joeyfat and Sloath member) Thomas House.
The first album ‘Bliss’ (on which House played all the instruments) arrived out of nowhere. Instead of being the introspective, solo, acoustic record that you’d expect it was a fantastic minimal rock album that recalled everything from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Earth to Polvo.
From there, Sweet Williams became a band with a revolving line-up of characters going on to make the second album “Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight”, released on Gringo/Faux Disc in 2016. What a record. Seriously. We’re so stoked to bring them up from Brighton/London for this one and we recommend getting there early.