Hailing from Woking and falling somewhere between the sounds of The Jam & The Stone Roses , The Elations create a raw & psychedelic sound that begs , steals & borrows from Northern Soul to Brit Pop and beyond. Forming in August 2009 they have been gigging all over the south of England , from empty rooms in Shoreditch to packed out clubs in Guildford. They released their debut EP , witch consisted of 3 home recorded demos , in September 09 and then released "joke" single "Butties" witch has since gone on to become a cult hit.
As always, there seems to be more than one group with a name like this 1)The Rivals were a UK punk band from Ramsgate, in existence from 1976-1981. Originally formed by childhood friends Mark Edwards (guitar, vocals) and Paul Leinster (bass, vocals), they soon added Mark Hebden (drums). The most well known lineup for the band, and the one that produced the vast majority of music that you can find from them, came about when Hebden left the band, to be replaced by Paul Daley on drums.
A lifelong drummer, Mark Ayling has now branched out into the world of acoustic music, playing his own brand of raw acoustic guitar combined with direct and uncompromising lyrics. Discarding the usual Folk/Acoustic influences such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, Mark finds his inspiration from bands as diverse as The Jam, The Specials, New Model
Army, The Clash, Motorhead and Joy Division, creating a sound that has the energy of Punk whilst retaining the melodic elements of the acoustic guitar.
The band Wellalive was formed in 2003 by Johnny Mason and Mark Austin (formerly of UK based band SisterMoon). The band has had limited success with writing and recording original material so they decided to concentrate on paying tribute to the music of Paul Weller as a statement to how great his songs are.
This Empire is a 5 piece from in and around Kent. The band consists of Dan Johnson, Stevie Cooper, Terry Longhurst, Matt Sanders & Rich Blair.