URN After Dark Superband

18th June 2010

It was my last After Dark show on Monday, and after two years of playing the best local music around I couldn’t just leave without doing something memorable, so I decided it was time to put into action a plan I’d had since last year: would it be possible to get a load of local bands in to write and perform a song from scratch over the course of one show?

With the help of producer Alex and his band Frontiers, we managed to compile a supergroup of Nottingham talent with the aim of not only playing out music from the local scene, but directly contributing to it too.

Making up the impromptu band were:

Alex and Jonny from Frontiershttp://myspace.com/frontiersofficial
Only formed in 2008, the Nottingham quartet were picked up by BBC Introducing early on after recording with Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp) and have since played Reading and Leeds festival, Dot to Dot and Camden Crawl. Currently supporting We Are Scientists in Cambridge and Manchester, their live show is not to be missed.

Neil and Fitz from The Amber Herdhttp://myspace.com/theamberherd
Spread about the East Midlands, The Amber Herd mix post-rock spaciousness and vicious walls of sound to stunning effect. They’ve worked up through the local scene to be played on BBC Nottingham and support the likes of Delays and Sound of Guns.

Sam and Shane from Sharp Kneeshttp://myspace.com/sharpknees
The band came down to URN this year and filled the studio with their catchy indie-pop tunes that have already caught the attention of Trent FM’s Future Sessions. When they’re not organising charity gigs in town with billings jam-packed with local talent, they’re giving away their debut album Certain Rules which received a record number of downloads from the URN website.

Rob and Trev from Dog is Deadhttp://myspace.com/dogisdeadband
If you haven’t heard DiD’s toe-tapping hooks and soaring harmonies already, it won’t be long before you do: playing Glastonbury this summer after picking up loads of airplay on BBC Radio 1, Glockenspiel Song was one of our favourite tracks of the year and made it to the ‘B’ playlist here at URN. Hugh Stevens agrees – ‘I defy you NOT to like this band’ he said, a challenge I’d set as well.

Of course, with a team like this I needn’t have worried, and after some close calls technically, they made it with a minute to spare- a brand new song for URN After Dark inspired by an unlucky England goalkeeper titled Gloves of Hell- and it’s here for you to watch and download (right click to download.):


A great way to end a fabulous year

Tom