Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Music, Merchandise and Otters!!

News just in! The lovely Brad B Wood (a great name whichever way you look at it) has been in touch with the line-up for the next Cityscape Presents event that takes place on 14 March. So without further ado here's the skinny...

Headlining are Cityscape band Merchandise, previewing material from forthcoming album For The Masses as well as firm favourites. Their set is sure to include new single Listen Up! - a life-affirming two and a half minutes which provides the perfect introduction to their pure pop gold. The single, released on February 23, has been generating a fanzine buzz and was recently championed by Huw Stevens on his Radio One Introducing show.

You can see the video for their single Sometimes below

Support comes from Leeds-based Albert Ross and The Otters. They cite inspirations ranging from Nick Cave and T-Rex to Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Belle and Sebastian…and Dexy’s Midnight Runners. As you might expect from a band with such eclectic influences, their sound is all their own.

Opening up the evening will be Cal Roberts, a 19-year-old singer songwriter from North Wales. Cal has supported Pete Doherty at gigs across the UK and Europe and supported The Courteeners on their recent sell-out tour. His music is raw and edgy with lyrics he describes as “through the eyes of a teenager stuck innowhere town.”

Compere for the evening will be comedienne Katie Mulgrew.

Brad B Wood, founder of Cityscape Records and member of Merchandise, said:

Merchandise have had a great year so far and it’ll be great to be back at the Octagon playing in front of a hometown audience. Cityscape Presents really seems to be getting a momentum of its own. We’ve had some great feedback and I’m chuffed we will be sharing the stage with two acts of such quality.

Albert Ross and The Ottters produce infectious pop music which deserves to be heard. Albert sent me a Myspacelink and I knew within two bars that it was right up my street.

Cal Roberts is also a big talent and definitely one to watch."

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £9 (£7 students/ concessions), are available from the Octagon boxoffice. Call 01204 520661 or buy online at http://www.octagonbolton.co.uk/

For more information about the acts, and a taste of their songs, visit their My Space sites at, respectivelyhttp://www.merchandisetheband.co.uk/ , www.myspace.com/albertrossandtheotters , www.myspace.com/calroberts


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