In their short career, Rawcuss one of the freshest, most original bands on the current Manchester music scene have already rocked many of the city’s top venues – The Academy, The Roadhouse, Band on the Wall, Ruby Lounge and Night and Day but to name a few spreading news of their unique sound dubbed “a tantalizing mix of The Kinks and The Buzzcocks.” Count us in.
In October last year the guys were invited to Abbey Road studios in London to meet with Rob Cass who has worked with more artists and producers than we’ve had hot dinners from the likes of Estelle to John Leckie of Radiohead.
On our doorstep we took the opportunity to hook up with Gareth, Dan and Seamus to find out what all the fuss was about. We weren’t disappointed.
Check out their new 4 Track EP ‘Feelings’ right here.
Posted on: May 15, 2013
This week Eastenders new boy Khali Best swung by to check out some of our latest season Fly53 threads and tell us about his role in the square’s most dysfunctional family.
Here he is rocking our ‘Paradise Lost’ tee. The only tee that not only gives you a taste of paradise and has a little something to say about blowing the shit out of the wonders of the world.
Posted on: May 14, 2013
Leeds boys Craig, Stuart, Matthew and Scott aka The Sunshine Underground or TSU if you’re seriously cool, released their debut album ‘Raise the Alarm’ back in 2006. With it they toured the European festival season and the response to their unique mixture of punk, funk and indie vibes was phenomenal.
Throughout the coming years both their following and the shows they sold out got bigger and bigger in size and including an impressive list of festivals to rival some of the biggest bands around; Glastonbury, T in the Park, Leeds and Reading but to name a few.
A few years later and another successful album under their belts – ‘Nobody’s Coming to Save You’ in 2010 and the guys continue to gain popularity by being fucking cool wherever they go. We met up with them to take an exclusive dig into what goes on in the world of Sunshine underground and find out what they’ve got hidden up their little sleeves for us in the coming months. Keep it locked on our cool as fuck blog propaganda – the only place serving up the latest and greatest around.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
You guys have been busy this week tagging up Fly53 in all your Instagram uploads, so we thought it only right we return the favour a pick out a few of our favourites. Keep up the good work. Pull on, wear in, rock out…and don’t forget to #Fly53official.
Posted on: April 16, 2013
Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws aka Tricky is one of the finest talents to emerge from the UK music scene…ever. Infamous for his intense, rich, deep sound which blends together hip hop, rock and pop in a musical fusion so easy n the ears you might want to cry.
Over the last decade – (yes we can’t believe it either its been over a decade since we saw this man burst on the scene with debut album Maxinquaye in 1995) Tricky’s put together another 8 albums, toured the US and UK and appeared on stage with Beyoncé during her headline slot at Glastonbury last year, need we go on?
Tricky is a true UK talent and one we hooked up with for one of our infamous Fly53 Zines – see here for more on him and the others (Boom)
Posted on: April 15, 2013
Despite popular belief no one from (new kids on the block band) ‘Eliza and the Bear’ is called Eliza… or Bear (which was disappointing for obvious reasons) in fact, refreshingly the name comes from a collection of poems by Eleanor Rees of which the entire band were fans.
After announcing they’d be playing at one of our favourite festivals of the summer (TGE), we caught up with the guys producing the coolest sounds in folk pop/ folk rock since The Lumineers to find out what any sane interviewer would want to know.. their three favourite swear words.
Hey Guys how’s it going? Give us the low down on what you’ve been up to recently?
We have been writing and recording recently as well as gearing up for our run of headline shows that starts on the 25th of Feb
Quick fire Top 3’s:
Top 3 One hit wonders?
Mr Oizo – Flat beat
Baz Lurhman — Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen
Vanilla – No Way No Way (That had to be in there because its a miracle hit!)
Top 3 Favorite bands right now?
Little comets, The Head and the Heart and Peace.
Top 3 Worst haircuts?
Easy, my own, our piano player and Donald Trump (Sorry D)
Top 3 Favorite swear words?
I like extended swears like: Shit-the-bed, Fuck-a-duck and simply.. Bastard.
Can you tell us a bit about how you came up withthe name - we know no one in the band is called Eliza and we’re assuming no one is called Bear either(although we hope we’re wrong)?
No Eliza’s or Bears. Although some of us can sound like bears in the morning (Callie) . The name came from a collection of poems we all loved by Eleanor Rees, we dropped her an email and she let us use it!
TGE Festival has already announced you’ll be playing this year. Any other festivals in the pipeline? Is there any in particular you’d love to play?
Plenty of festivals coming up for us, none of which i’m allowed to mention yet! We all love festivals like Green Man, thats one we would love to play.
An asteroid is heading towards earth, you’ve got 1 day left to leave your mark on the world – What goes down?
Maybe a quick collab with Rihanna or Kanye, one last song to bid farewell to life.
If you could play with any one music legend dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d love to play with Springsteen. The man is a machine, he has energy that knows no bounds.
Some critics have compared your sound to Mumford and Sons, how do you feel about that comparison?
It can’t be that bad being compared to Mumford and Sons. Obviously you want your own sound but everyone will draw comparisons to one band or another.
Best piece of advice anyone’s ever given you?
Always put my boxers on before my jeans
You’re on board a sinking boat, to ensure your survival either one of you has to jump out or all of your instruments must be dumped overboard…What do you do?
Can we buy new instruments? Can the jumping member swim well? What are his chances of survival if he has to jump? These are all vital questions that have to be covered before making any hasty decisions.
Any thanks to anyone?
You guys! and anyone else who has helped us out along the way!
Posted on: March 15, 2013
These three kings of distorted pop mean business. Formed at the tender age of 13 after a chance meeting at the Headmasers office at their school in Aberdeen (we like to think for beating each other up but looking at them probably not). Since, they found something special – a serious passion for making music.
Delving into their world we asked about their most outrageous tour stories, what would it take for them to make an X Factor appearance, and generally doing what anyone without any shame would do – gave Murray a grilling about sex drugs and rock and roll. See the interview here – The mighty Xcerts
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Currently unbeaten in his weight category and supporting a 75% KO ratio, when it comes to boxing Bradley Saunders is pretty big in the game.
In the sport since the age of just 11, Bradley, now 26, has accumulated both Gold and Silver medals in Commonwealth Games and a Bronze medal in the World Championships. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about the man behind the gloves, including his plans for the future and what he’d do if someone started on him in a bar. Check it out.
Hey Bradley, How are you – Tell us what you’ve been up to recently?
Enjoying some time off with my family over Christmas, ready for a successful 2013.
Tell us about the hardest punch you’ve ever given and taken?
I’m known as a heavy handed light welterweight so I’d like to think every punch I throw takes its toll! Sparring with some top boys like Ricky Burns. Those guys can punch. But I’ve never touched down in a fight yet.
You get into a scuff in a pub with someone who doesn’t know who you are? Do you kick they’re ass?
I’d like to think I’d diffuse the situation and enlighten them on what would happen if there was a fight!!
You’re invisible for a day – what goes down?
Haha. I’ll leave that to your imagination!
We hear the current English champion has said “Bring it on,” to a fight with you how confident do you feel about being able to beat him? Is taking him on next year on the cards?
With all due respect, I’ll be losing no sleep over the likes of him. I’ve just had an op on my left hand so timescales are up in the air at present!
What was it that inspired your love of boxing initially?
My dads boxing background and the fantastic support of my mam.
What is the best thing since sliced bread?
Growing up which boxers did you admire the most?
Muhammad Ali for his achievements inside and outside the ring.
If you could face any boxer from the past or present who would it be and why?
Amir Khan because he is operating at the rope end of the sport which is exactly where I want to be.
Any thanks to anyone?
My family and my growing fan base. And everyone else who has and continues to help me in my boxing career.
Posted on: February 7, 2013
North London boy Jovel Walker aka Random Impulse is a long-term friend of ours here at Fly53 HQ. We’ve followed him from back in the day (not in a weird way) when he represented part of the grime crew G-Fam to now as he’s quickly becoming known as one of the UK’s hottest talents to emerge from the genre.
Bored of the culture surrounding grime, after years in the game he decided to pack it all in, teach himself the guitar and take a U turn in direction. Genre defying, his new stuff is a must listen.
When the opportunity arose to hook up with the man himself we did what any sane people would do called up another good mate of ours Scroobius pip and chucked them in a boxing ring together in south London to make them fight for our love.