Renegade Recommends – Echoic

11952933_947313728666629_6488709465772713167_oSticking with music for this weeks “Recommends”, but taking a rather noisier path than last weeks. This is another outfit from round our way  helping to prove we do have a local scene that is in rude health in terms of bands (the venues could do with some help still in terms of support, although if more of them stocked Renegade that would probably fix  the problem!).

Hailing from the cosmopolitan metropolis of Reading, Echoic are a melodic but muscular modern alternative-rock band not too dissimilar to guys like Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids or any other band with the word “Kids” in their name. Except New Kids On The Block. They sound nothing like them.

The critics at some pretty major publications and radio stations love them:

“100% Unique, absolutely amazing” – Alex Baker, Kerrang!
“Really good vocal range!” – Ian Camfield, Radio X
“Bloody brilliant, such a unique sound” – Linda Serck, BBC Introducing

We love them too, so check out the video below for recent single “My Mind” and visit them at their website for tonnes more stuff on them (tour dates, videos, tracks, reviews)

Renegade Recommends – The August List

10623429_765161323523366_7975140535020360117_oWe love our music here at Renegade Brewery. Our brewhouse is rarely silent, although this week brew-monkey Griff has been into a bit of Aphrodite’s Child, which meant he then got some Demis Roussos spinning too. All well and good but Demis then led into some really rather weird Turkish Psychedelic stuff, which was cool, but a bit of an acquired taste. So, to give my ears a bit of love and attention, I thought I would revisit one of our best local acts, and a band who really have that renegade spirit and do their own thing – The August List.

Hailing from Dorset but now residing in a small barn perched on a hill up the road in Oxfordshire, The August List are a two-piece who play ‘backwards country / porch folk’ with a startling rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Their album “O’ Hinterland” is fabulously and unashamedly lo-fi, gloriously rough around the edges and rustic. The strength of it lies in the immediacy of the songs, for they are catchy, foot-stomping backwoods folk tunes, infectious and drenched with atmosphere. And live, despite just being two people, they rock it out brilliantly. Pull up your rocking chair, crack a (Renegade) beer open and enjoy a proper good musical moment on your porch.

Check out the tunes below. All the skinny on The August List can be found HERE!