Archive | April, 2014

Franky And The Jacks Play The Friday Night Whoopee.

28 Apr

We are delighted to announce the return of Franky and the Jacks to The Secret Showcase Presents… stage.

In January we hosted the launch for the Franky and the Jacks EP and It was such a great Party that we couldn’t wait to party with them again only this time for the Friday Night Whoopee on the 2nd of May at the St. Moritz Club in Soho without the worry of having to get up for work in the morning.

Franky and The Jacks May 2014-1Since their formation in a run down old factory in East London in February 2011 Franky and the Jacks have gone from strength to strength working hard at creating a sound that is both genuine and innovative. The influence of the gypsy jazz rhythms championed by the likes of Django Reinhardt an Les Doigts de L’homme is strong and with songs that are lyrically akin to the storytelling country styles of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, yet still managing to keep their feet firmly on British soil, many of the songs can appear simultaneously both uplifting and tragic.

This can be better explained by a metaphorical battle between musical genres. In other words there begins a fight between folk and jazz, folk is badly injured and as he trips and is stumbling to the floor, jazz seizes the opportunity and kicks him hard in the ass. Folk lets out an almighty cry and it is precisely this cry that is the sound of FatJ.

On the door £6 before 11.30 £8 after. Student discount available. 159 Wardour Street W1 8WJ.

 

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The Secret Showcase Presents… Oh! Gun Quit at Floripa.

27 Apr

After Seeing Oh! Gun Quit perform on the big stage last summer we are more than excited to tell you that you are most certainly in for a treat this Wednesday! We will be getting our freak on to the glorious sound and visual spectacle that are… Oh! Gun Quit.

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Oh! Gunquit are a London based Rumble Bop Trash Blitz Voodoo band who concoct a brew of Surf, Exotica, Garagepunk, and Twisted Freak-a-Billy. Their unique show is a blur of Horns, Hula Hoops, and rock ‘n’ roll fun. Lead Singer Tina Bopper bawls, grinds, and plays trumpet with added Hula like a tranced out she-devil, Simonte twangs guitar & growls with glorious abandon, Dr Zoom blasts his honking sax & doubles on bass, and Tico-Tico rumbles the voodoo toms toms,They formed the band around the idea of creating a new brew of 50’s R&B, 60’s Psych/Garage, & 70’s Punk music into something fresh and vibrant. They are named in part to a town in Maine US which was an Artists Colony in the 1800’s originally coined by the Abenaki Indians and also named in part to the idea of all guns quitting. With songs about Peeping Toms, She-Wolfs, & Cindy’s Tiger, they urge you to escape and join them on a cool ride to anywhere

They have released two 7″ singles through Rough Trade which have had much play on BBC 6 and 2nd single being ‘single of the week’ in Artrocker. Live the band have played at many events/festivals all over UK and in Europe including Field Day, Offset, Hop Farm, and Farm Festivals. Also shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Belgium, & a tour of Portugal. Recently supporting King Khan and Andrew Weatherall at a sold out XOYO & have a residency at the Blues Kitchen (Camden), gigs with Dirty Water Records, and very recently played the after party for the Winter Shuffle Film Festival with Jarvis Cocker & Nicholas Roeg. Their track ‘Bad Bad Milk’ has recently been featured & released in Japan on a compilation of UK garage rock ‘n’ roll bands and OGQ this year also recorded a live session on the legendary Resonance FM radio station. The band are currently booked at East London studios Gizzard to record their 1st Album starting in Feb 2014.

Oh! Gunquit are that rare breed of band that make you want to dance, just as they’ve barely begun to play: tribal tom toms beat wildly, fingers snap, guitars twang while high-spirited vocals bawl and purr across each song with attitude. One listen and you’re transported into a world of B-movies, grindhouse, killers and adventuring.

After the Band have finished Samantha Pink Panther will take to the decks to play an ever eclectic bag of 45s

All This for FREE!

Doors Open at 5. Come early if you want to secure a table and take advantage of Happy Hour 5-7.  91-93 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HZ.

Wednesday Special food offer: Buy Two Steak Meals and get a bottle of hour wine Free!

Here is what we are looking forward to… Dare you not to nod your head and slap your leg!

The Draytones Play The Friday Night Whoopee

25 Apr

The Secret Showcase Presents are pleased to announce that The Draytones Will be playing The St. Moritz Club in Soho tonight for our new club night, The Friday Night Whoopee.

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The Draytones is an English four piece psychedelic/garage rock group formed in London in 2006 and currently lined up by two Argentinian members Gabriel Boccazzi (guitar and lead vocals) and Pablo Scopinaro (bass and backing vocals) and two English musicians Andy Pickering (organs, rhythm guitars and backing vocals) and drummer Steve Dawson.

That same year, with only a handful of songs and three gigs under their belts they signed a record deal with 1965 Records, a new joint venture label between Sony BMG and former Rough Trader A&R executive James Endeacott, becoming label mates with No.1 artists The View.

2007 saw the release of The Draytones 1st single, a limited edition 7” vinyl called “Keep Loving Me” as well as the bands début 6 Track EP entitled “Forever On” recorded with Stan Kybert (Oasis, Verve, Bjork). The single was Radio 1’s Zane Lowe’s ‘Fresh Meat’ single of the week and was the most played track of the year on Radio 2 legend Bob Harris’ show. It was subsequently snapped up by MTV, Topshop TV, Tony and Guy TV, Celtic Football Club, Channel 4 drama “Skins” and the video game “Shaun White Snowboarding” to name but a few.

The band made the cover of both Mojo (The Best British bands 2007) and NME magazines with cover-mount CD’s bringing their music into the hands of thousands worldwide.

They toured throughout the year playing many headline shows as well as support slots with Little Man Tate, The Dead 60’s, The Hoosiers, The View and many others. They headlined the Thursday night at Glastonbury as well as several further festival appearances in UK, Spain and a final triumphant Summer Sonic festival appearance which made network television in Japan.

In 2008 the band returned to the studio with Stan Kybert to release their début LP “Up In My Head”. Single “Turn It Down” received national radio play including including heavy coverage and a live sessions from Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Marconie’s and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson to name but a few.

The release caught the imagination of Paul Weller, who invited the band to support his 2008 summer UK tour playing all main venues of the likes of The Empress Ballroom (Blackpool) and Hammersmith Apollo. This coincided with the band’s own tours and festival spots in UK, France, Spain and finally to Argentina on the back of the Sony Argentina release of the album in South America.

Having caught the attention of national radio and MTV Latin America the band secured a five week tour of Argentina, including their now historic tour of The Falkland Islands – becoming the first ever Anglo-Argentine band to do so. The tour caught the attention of the media worldwide, including several major South American news networks and a feature on Argentine evening news seen by over 15 million people.

In 2012 The Draytones decided to self release their new album “Today’s Memories” recorded at the legendary Sawmills Studio in Cornwall and produced once again by Stan Kybert. Creating for this purpose their own label Forever On Records to fund and push the release.
Summer same year, Strawberry Fields Festival invites the band to perform on the main stage to support The Charlatans.

By the end of 2012 The Draytones see two of the founder members leaving, Gabriel Boccazzi together with Andy Pickering keep heads up writing new material, and convocated Steve Dawson on the drums and Pablo Scopinaro on the bass guitar and backing vocals.
2013 started with the make of new material and the new line up great come back gig at the legendary 100 Club in London with the premier of brand new set list and of course some of their catalogue most celebrated.

Come along and celebrate the Draytones Adventures with us for a special Free mid week party

After the live entertainment TSSP. Resident DJ Samantha Pink Panther will spin the very best vinyl. See you there!

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The Secret Showcase Presents… The Friday Night Whoopee – Launching Good Friday.

14 Apr

Well, we’ve been a little quiet recently but that’s only because we have been really busy getting ourselves organised to launch our new weekly club night at the St. Moritz Club, London this Friday.

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If your looking for a night out in London this Friday (or any other Friday for that matter) and you would like to get your grove on to some hard hitting Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, Funk and Sleazy Garage, then Bingo! This is the place for you! We will be dancing all night to the best music in town and a whole hour of that will be bought to you live by the delectable CC Smugglers. Lucky for us Kitty Durham of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis will also be taking to the decks to play a selection of her best records!

 

We Can’t wait.

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