Line-up /October Sky, Zodiac N Black, October Sky, Billy Vincent
Discovery 2 is a monthly live music showcase presenting some of the sharpest emerging acts around
ZODIAC N BLACK
You know what it's like when you hear an unknown band for the first time, and they impress you? The first thought is, â€˜Hang on, can they really be as good as I thought? Letâ€™s play it againâ€™. And the second time, the music still sounds strong. Well, meet Zodiac N Black, a young London band whoâ€™ve already displayed enough verve, vivacity and sheer musical depth to suggest they are in a with a real shout at making the right noises at the highest levels. Theyâ€™ve got influences - Led Zeppelin, Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Free â€“ but to these are added a grittier, more modern approach. One that does bring to mind the power, passion and predilection of a young Rage Against the Machine or Them Crooked Vultures. Their album has been mixed by Grammy nominee Alex Newport. www.zodiacnblack.com
OCTOBER SKY Hailing from Canada and having toured Europe extensively, the enigmatic October Sky alternate between frenzied rock and ambient alternative. The boys are back in town and heading to the AAA for their second appearance at Discovery 2. They are currently receiving airplay on Total Rock, Recharged , NME, and ALLFM.
â€œYet another hot undiscovered Canadian machine arising from the steamâ€¦â€¦All ten of these numbers are melodic and dripping in atmosphere you can actually feel yourself standing in.â€ Metalville Mag (UK)
â€œListen up folks, because I have just found a band who are truly going to make tsunami style waves in 2011. Who are October Sky? The same question I asked myself before listening to their album and one that they silenced with their phenomenal music.â€ Sonicshocks mag (UK)
So what makes for a great band in 2011? Great songs, certainly. Singular looks and a gang mentality? Thatâ€™ll do nicely. But beyond that, you still need the indefinable quality, which tells you a group isnâ€™t just this yearâ€™s model. Ladies and gentlemen, itâ€™s about time you met Billy Vincent. Having weathered all the usual band-related upheavals, Billy Vincent settled upon their current line up in early 2010. Their ferociously tuneful sound and the kinetic stage chemistry between Bill and David has won them converts everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to deepest Cornwall.
Billy Vincent will be performing songs from their 2nd EP, â€˜Once On The Grand Unionâ€™ released by Something Nothing Records on October 17th . Dirty , Folk Rock! www.billyvincent.co.uk
Swindon teenager - with influences ranging from The Jam through to Arctic Monkeys and the XX - writes, records and plays everything on his self-produced tracks which have gained him fans online and through live shows. A charismatic and technically impressive guitarist Theo has supported Babyshambles, Julian Velard& Paul Carrack. He opened the main stage at Wychwood Festival in 2010 and has played a string of festivals this summer including Live Fest at the O2. His song â€œHanging on a Hookâ€ topped amazing radioâ€™s unsigned chart in February. Influential music blog Pigeons & Planes described his sound as having "a Kings of Leon kind of feel to it, but much more intimate, raw, and British."