This is going to happen! Finally!
For all you people that fell in love with the Queen of the Meadow album that came out last year: they are coming here for a short tour in 2 weeks! Four dates in The Netherlands in four main cities. You can finally meet these lovely people too and, more importantly, hear the timeless indie folk songs in a live setting. We can’t be more excited. Please come!
This Leo Sunrise will be playing on Sunday morning from 9.45 to 10.15 in the small room, upstairs. Sven Agaath plays a little bit earlier in the basement, from 9.00 to 9.30. And Lost Bear is doing a few acoustic songs in the hour-long fest that our grubby sister organization Shaky Maracas hosts, on Saturday from 13.00 to 14.00 (also in the basement).
In the Shaky Maracas hour, there are A LOT of great projects and bands from our friends (Lost Bear members, Bonne Aparte members and Ducktape Records people) playing. Read about them here: http://www.van-onderen.nl/shaky-maracas/. Don’t miss this!
In between these recommendations, there are more than 80 other options to see shows, and they’re all good. There is no need to highlight any of them – just go to all of them. Bring your own drugs.
The release show of Inside The Dragon (the new double LP by Lost Bear) in dB’s, Utrecht was a great success! An uplifting show by lo-fi all-female pop group Cora Kemperman & De Schuurmachines, quiet & gloomy ditties by The Avonden and loud and harsh anthems by Baby Galaxy. Lost Bear was focussed, energetic, absurd and dynamic. In between bands the great Johan Gijsen was spinning the CDs (how 90s can you get?). Lots of love, beer, and great people. 3voor12/Utrecht was there as well, they wrote a piece and shot some nice pictures. Read it here.
The release of Master Solo’s Not So Solo last weekend in Theater Kikker (where The Fire Harvest and Black Oak also presented their new albums) was magical. Thank you all for coming to this very special show. A big thank you to Mark as well, for breathing new life into this awesome project one final time. Read a review (in Dutch) on 3voor12/Utrecht here. Video up now too:
Almost ten years ago, musician and visual artist Mark Jennings (Norwich, UK) enlightened Europe with his project Master Solo. After numerous tours under this moniker, he decided to focus on other projects in 2009. The album Not So Solo, recorded with a band in 2007, was shelved before ever being released.
Recently we stumbled upon the master of Not So Solo by Master Solo, flinging about in the Tiny Room HQ. The album blew us away. The songs were as strong as they were 10 years ago, with a great and clear production. Like good wine, time did a great job: we suddenly held what appeared to be a classic indie rock record in our hands. Somewhere between Pavement and Daniel Johnston, with witty lyrics crooned on crunchy guitars and electronics. Now, almost ten years after being recorded, we are proud to finally release this timeless beauty into the world!
Not So Solo will be released on cassette/digital on May 14th, 2016. In celebration of this almost-lost record, Master Solo will be playing his tunes for an audience one last time. The event will take place in Theater Kikker (Utrecht) and Mark will be playing with Lost Bear as his backing band.
Watch the video for ‘Holidays On Ice’ here:
We are proud to announce our first vinyl on Tiny Room Records! Howart, the Utrecht-based psych/art formation around Anneke Nieuwdorp, will release their self-titled debut on 180 grams 12″ vinyl (limited edition of 100) later in 2016. Stay tuned for the official release date (note: we had to postpone the April release and release show in Ekko due to personal circumstances).
Watch the first video for a song aptly titled ‘Song’ here. The video was shot during the turn of the year 2010-2011 in Finland, where I am Oak – who share(d) some members with Howart – recorded their album Nowhere Or Tammensaari.
Over and out. We had so much fun at Tiny Shark Art Attack (in collaboration with the lovely people from Sharksomeness Bookings and Vera Groningen ArtDivision) during Eurosonic. Thank you all for coming, dear friends. And thanks to all the bands for playing their beautiful songs. We are proud, satisfied and exhausted. So much fun to celebrate great music with all you beautiful people. And very much looking forward to next year!
Florian von Besser took some amazing photos of our little gathering! Click here to see ‘em all.
Louder Than War wrote about Lost Bear: “[…] whose new tracks sounded like a fabulously “emo” mix of Diamond Dogs-era Bowie, a proggy Small Faces and Do The Collapse-era Guided By Voices. To wit; a soulful and clever rock band with enough self depreciation to keep any stadium nonsense at bay. They rocked out in the basement of the famous old Vera club, the chiming chords and brilliant harmonies bouncing off the low ceiling and the sleepy audience (it was just 2pm after all) nodding along, shaking the loose wax out of their ears.”
3voor12/Groningen also wrote a niece piece in Dutch about the programme on Thursday. About This Leo Sunrise: “[…] blijkt het hoogtepunt van de middag. De groep uit Utrecht combineert zware, onheilspellende ritmes met lichtvoetige viool. Dit samenspel zorgt voor onverwachte, maar erg prettige wendingen. […] Op sommige momenten speelt This Leo Sunrise snoeihard, even later is het zo stil dat je de kruk van drummer Chris Müller kunt horen kraken. De afwisseling zorgt voor een aangenaam en uitgebalanceerd optreden. Kortom: deze formatie uit het midden van het land staat als een huis.”
We are so excited to be hosting this showcase in Groningen on the 13th and 14th of January! Two afternoons and two rooms full of nice music, art and people. We decided to team up with our friends Sharksomeness Bookings and VERA ArtDivision to give you a fulfilling & endearing experience. Come on over, say hi, and enjoy the art & music!
So, what will happen these two days?
The ArtDivision will show you how they make their famous silk screen printed posters by live-printing posters of some of the bands that are playing Vera during Eurosonic Noorderslag. This and other of their artworks will be for sale as well.
Besides that, we at Tiny Room Records and our friends from Sharksomeness Bookings invited some of our bands to play Downstage. On Wednesday you’ll get time to warm up and start slowly, with beautiful tunes of The World of Dust, Dotlights and Joost Dijkema. On Thursday it gets a little louder with Lost Bear, LGHTNNG, This Leo Sunrise and The Daydream Fit. Besides that, Homemade Empire will accompany the printing team upstairs with some of his beautiful songs.
WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY
14:00 – 14:30 The World of Dust
15:00 – 15:45 Joost Dijkema
16:00 – 16:30 Dotlights
THURSDAY 14 JANUARY
13:30 – 14:00 Lost Bear
14:30 – 15:00 LGHTNNG
15:00 – 15:30 Homemade Empire
15:30 – 16:00 This Leo Sunrise
16:30 – 17:00 The Daydream Fit