Sunday 19th May 2019
Ben Wickins takes hard rock and neo-soul and marries them in a basement in Hackney. But this wasn't always his intention…
He was once a gentle soul whose catchy songs were like vivid snapshots of beautiful places and complicated people. But more and more, his band members started turning up to rehearsals with seven-string guitars and great big Chinese cymbals, wreaking havoc with drive pedals and snare drum effects. It broke his heart.
Then one day, whilst staring intently into a whiskey and coke, at the bottom of which he could see his sunken dream of becoming the next Billy Joel, Ben reluctantly gave in to the whim of his musicians. The result? A hard-rock-tinged brand of laid-back funk that's low, dark and heavy but whose lyrics are descriptive, truthful and ironic.
"Muttnik is a high energy Funk & Soul trio based in London. With a blended mixture of Jazz, Funk and Soul influences, they create
a unique, chest hitting sound that is guaranteed to get you up and moving. The solid, grooving pulse of the drums mixed with crazy,
cosmic like sounds from the keyboards, fused with burning, outlandish sax lines will leave you wondering how just 3 people can
make such a large sound. Muttnik is truly a band that is out of this world!".
Highwire is a collective of folk, blues and jazz musicians coming together to make one almighty sound.
Between them, Highwire have worked with top ten producers, performed with top artists and musicians - including Bloc Party (BMG), Oli Rockberger (Laura Mvula, Carly Simon, Gloria Gaynor, John Mayer), Dominic Miller (Sting), Alison Limerick (Sony), Soul Hooligan (Maverick Records) and Twisted Tongue (Acid Jazz), as well as appearing at notable venues like Ronnie Scotts, the ICA and just about every London circuit venue you can name or number.
With far ranging influences, from jazz and blues, to folk and country, soul and electronica, they bring years of experience together with an enduring love of music that shines through in every song
Lowtone, acoustic shitkicker Americana with Celtic sensibilities. Its a whole bunch of stuff...
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