We are excited to announce the winner of our Festival Fresh unsigned competition in association with Standon Calling 2013. After a huge response from local counties, our judges, which included some of our top gig reviewers, compiled a shortlist of their favourite acts. From this, Tubries were finally selected to open the main stage on Friday 2nd August at Standon Calling Festival.
Tubries, who hail from Hertfordshire, bring an Indie/Alternative Rock sound and stood out in what was a very hard decision due to the very high standard of entries this year.
Tom Knights, a regular reviewer for TGR and on the judging panel said “Tubries had a rawness about them that was really refreshing. You could tell there were many different influences at work, blending together to create really interesting tracks. Whilst listening, it was hard to compare them to any other act around at the moment and that has to be a good thing…”
Lyric, Should Be Lover – Tubries
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Brian McHugh, Editor of TGR also on the Judging panel said “Tracks such as “Lyric, Should Be Lover” show real diversity, with it’s heavy rock riff-age intro to it’s Ska punk verses all set beneath the unique gruffness of Kaj’s vocals, impressed the panel. We feel the band will create a real energy on the festival stage and are happy to give them the opportunity.
There was such a great mix of entries, Rock, Country, Acoustic Folk, Heavy Metal, Emo, Indie, Electro and all from local counties. We’ve had real fun judging and running the competition and would like to thank all those acts that took the time to enter…“.
Tubries – Kieran and Lloyd James (Kaj, Cool J) form half of the band. The other half is made up of Jon Myers (bass) and Alex Gant (drums), respective friends of the two brothers. With Kaj comes the harmony of popular rock (Oasis, Stereophonics) combined with a delicate side of acoustic songwriting (Damien Rice, Bright Eyes). Cool J brings the guitar work of hard-rock/metal (Rage Against the Machine, Guns N’ Roses) with the less conventional harmonic changes of alternative rock (Radiohead). Jon throws in pulsing, hard-rock basslines, (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kasabian) whilst Alex provides complicated, congruous beats which reveal a preference for complex time signatures found in alternative rock (Incubus, Minus the Bear) as well as an appreciation for the more straightforward rhythms of indie rock (The Arctic Monkeys).
Standon Calling has firmly established itself on the festival map throughout the years. Renowned for it’s fun alternative vibe and dedication to championing new music, Standon Calling embraced the idea of giving one lucky local act, the platform to show off their musical talents to the festival public.
Down the years they have played host to some massive acts including Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Mumford and Sons, The Maccabees and Paloma Faith to name just a few.
You can buy tickets for Standon Calling here. The festival runs from August 2-4th in Standon, Hertfordshire.