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Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw brings with him two up and coming acts to the stage in Bangor

He’s cheeky and witty, he’s a huge fan of cutting edge new music and he’ll be spinning his tunes in Bangor. 

The handsome Nick Grimshaw is a guru of new music and has appeared on top channels including Channel 4’s T4 and E4. Commonly known to us as ‘Grimmy’, he currently co-presents Switch on Sunday nights on BBC Radio 1 with DJ Annie Mac and his solo show every night from Monday to Thursday. 

Bethan Lloyd, event organiser and promoter said, “We’re proud to announce that Grimmy is also bringing with him two live performances from rising stars hotly tipped for big things in 2012: The History of Apple Pie and Beaty Heart.

“You can expect the very best of indie, electronic, rock and pop to be played during the night.”

Beaty Heart, a psychedelic drum pop four-piece will take their place on stage with their unique style: each member plays drums simultaneously to create their distinctive sound, paying homage to afrobeat, dub and soul along the way.

Also supporting are the young London-based five-piece, The History of Apple Pie, oozingindie-pop with an early ‘90’s lo-fi vibe. They're sure to melt hearts with their fuzz-pop melodies and layered girls vocals.

Pontio’s goal of bringing local acts to appear on stage alongside global and UK acts is also being realised with supports from two Bangor-based DJ’s Deaf by Disco and Lost Property.

Ticket’s now are on sale for only £10. Visit pontio.co.uk, ring             01248 382828       or buy at Cob Records, Bangor.

Tickets available for persons 16yrs and over. A group of up to four 16+17yrs must be accompanied by one adult over 25yrs.


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The History of Apple Pie Biog:

A cloud-tangled view of backyard ‘90s America and a Summer afternoon held in amber, your senses floating with guitar haze over spools of VHS tape and heartbreak soundtracked by lawn-sprinklers.    

                   

It’s a daydream of private longing and still, suburban expanse, but its dimensions are an illusion and the music that inspired it was crafted in a basement flat in Whitechapel, London. The room, one that Stephanie and Jerome have been sharing a long time before starting the band, is itself an escapist warp: cult flotsam of two decades, shelves of TV series, Steph’s cross-stitched Nintendo characters and aging games consoles. At its centre is the laptop and chain of effects pedals that birthed the first History Of Apple Pie demos.

 

Understated dreampop cuts ‘You’re so Cool’ and ‘Mallory’ and the ‘Cut Your Hair’-style autopilot grunge anthem ‘Science for the Young’ rely on unsentimental nostalgia for guitar music the two have grown up with. Galaxie 500, ‘13’-era Blur, and Pavement have all been absorbed and refracted into a style that walks the line between jaded and optimistic, detached and heartfelt; a fuzz maquette for an alternate reality. 

'Some of the songs are written about mine and Jerome's own experiences,' says Stephanie, 'But I prefer writing about hypothetical, sugar-coated situations, a soundtrack to situations we wish we were in but weren’t really at all; American sounds bursting through grey England. It's more exciting that way.’

The band’s earliest efforts emerged when Jerome looked up from his Star Gate Sequence pedal fuck-abouts and had his half-sketched song ideas rescued with a vocal contribution from his girlfriend, who hadn’t ever sung before (‘I made her,’ Jerome says).

Together they merged the perma-stick pop melodies in Stephanie’s head with what was in Jerome’s; a collection of guitar lines reminiscent of slacker geniuses Thurston Moore and Stephen Malkmus. Their daisy-brutal, buttoned-down ferocity and innate melodicism is met halfway by sweetly burnt-out vocals, sharp and glaring or softly double tracked in homage to Elliott Smith.

With a bunch of tunes that were wildly varying but drawn together under a precociously assured aesthetic, the band received interest and support from anyone who’d heard them - their problem became putting a band together to play live.

‘We didn’t form the band until last October, despite the songs being out there since February,’ says Stephanie, ‘it was a major struggle sourcing the right people, but we eventually found them.’ 

          

Kelly was found through friends and taught bass from scratch, James (Drums) and Aslam (Guitar) replied to Gumtree adverts and had learnt their parts before even meeting the rest of the band. A period of intense rehearsing turned The History of Apple Pie into five creatively sensitive individuals, surprisingly tight for such long sleeves and bleary eyes.

Over winter their set was honed and this year the band began playing their own shows along with opening for the likes of Chapel Club and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. They slotted into these demanding shows with all the absent-minded nonchalance and wide-eyed love of melody and static that you’d expect from their music.

Edgar Smith – April 2011


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Beaty Heart Biog:

Having released their debut 7” ‘2Good’ earlier this summer on tastemaker label Loose Lips (Chad Valley, Azari & III), South East London three-piece Beaty Heart now announce details of their debut EP. The ‘Slush Puppy/Cola’ EP will be self- released by the band through their new label Worry Free Records on October 24th.

Beaty Heart formed in 2010 as a video-art and music collective based in Peckham. After a year of bedroom recordings and strange and wonderful live sets, the collective developed into a band. The forthcoming EP is the result of several months in the studio honing their ‘psychedelic drum pop’.

Drums and percussion make up Beaty Heart’s core sound; each member of the band plays drums simultaneously to create their distinctive sound, paying homage to afro beat, dub and soul along the way.

The three-track EP is the perfect introduction to their organic, exploratory pop - on ‘Slush Puppy’, Beaty Heart’s lush melodies and ethereal vocals are propelled along by gentle percussion and samples. ‘Cola’ is equally persuasive, the ambiguous lyrics “More wine, it tastes better with sugar.../ And I wish I had the money to keep the water cool” are set amongst subtle yet droning rhythms. Bringing the EP to a close with its almost-chanting chorus is ‘We’re All Friends Here’.

Visuals make up a cornerstone of Beaty Heart’s normal live set and the band are still very much involved in video-art. They recently played a one off performance as part of Ron Arad’s curtain call at The Roundhouse. Along with other artists and acts such as Cat’s Eyes, David Shrigley, London Contemporary Orchestra, Mat Collishaw and his 20 Brazillian drummers, they were given the chance to create a performance using the 450sq meter curtain erected in the middle of the Roundhouse main space. Beaty Heart adapted one of their films and played a live soundtrack in a one off performance. As well as this recently the band were asked to make the video for Crystal Fighters latest single ‘plage’ where they created a psychedelic dream beach world using old footage and animation.

Next month Beaty Heart will also be supporting The Rapture on a string of dates as well as playing on the NME Stage at SWN Festival in Cardiff. The end of the year will be spent recording newly written tracks and session’s are planned with Dan Carey (Chairlift/The Kills/Franz Ferdinand) taking up the producer seat as well as a collaboration with Johan Hugo, producer and member of The Very Best and Radioclit.

With their debut EP and imminent, Beaty Heart stand out as a constantly evolving project, a fluid entity that is ripe for discovery.

Beaty Heart are Josh Mitchell (vocals, guitar, samplers), Charlie Rotberg (drums, samplers) and James Moruzzi (drums, samplers, vocals)

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