Last summer, BIMM launched their student-run record label HUBB Records; bringing us single releases from some of BIMM’s most promising talent, including grunge-indie group Sinclair and super talented songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist James Humphrys.
They’re back with another fistful of releases scheduled over the summer, with nine fresh up-and-coming artists spanning from folk to metal.
Headed up by BIMM Music Business student Miriam Ryska, she explains how HUBB Records is expanding for HUBB Records Vol. II and gives us her insights on this year’s cohort of talent.
‘Going into the second year of HUBB Records, we are expanding and finding new ways to promote and work on this years’ artist selection. With an expansion of team members, every area is thoroughly taken care of.
we are introducing some of the best acts and bands coming out of BIMM
‘On the HUBB Records Vol. II roster, we are introducing some of the best acts and bands coming out of BIMM at the moment. Either they have already made a name for themselves in their music scene, or they are quickly gaining momentum as upcoming artists to watch. We are very excited to be working with all of them in the coming months.
Miriam, along with HUBB Records new additions: Summer Rose, Eva Lepikov and Maximillian Singh, have put together a few words about this year’s roster –
Anna Colette and The Average Men
Teetering on the blurry edges of folk music, Anna Colette and The Average Men oppose establishment, mainstream music and their own name by defiantly introducing an edgy attitude to Bristol’s left field tonality. The energy of the band members is contagious – their bond is undeniable.
Teetering on the blurry edges of folk music
Anna and the not so average Men are preparing their single for their debut release this summer and it’s not one anybody wants to miss. This is the primary release to accompany many more to come in the future.
FFO: Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, John Martyn, Joni Mitchell
Belishas have began to embed their roots within Bristol’s thriving scene by fusing the stylistic influences of indie bands such as Fontaines DC, Shame and The Smiths. Their signature sound of melancholy lyrics and mesmerising melodies capitalise on Bristol’s neo-political landscape with a strong sense of distinctive style. Whilst being politically aware, they have no intention of losing their fun side – which is clear when they perform live.
melancholy lyrics and mesmerising melodies capitalise on Bristol’s neo-political landscape
The multitude of live shows, their first summer release and launch gig at The Louisiana on 6 of July, as well as their HUBB Records’ release marks them as one of Bristol’s most exciting up and coming bands.
FFO: Fontaines DC, The Smiths, Shame, Blur
Accompanied by an outstanding eight-piece band, vocalist Chrissie Huntley demonstrates how to be a frontwoman with authenticity. Following the path set by artists such as China Dolls and Richard IV, she excels in the soul, R&B and funk genre.
Chrissie Huntley demonstrates how to be a frontwoman with authenticity
Although Chrissie slowed the pace down with the emotionally-driven, mental health-focused song If Only I Could, she is now looking forward to a more upbeat and fresh sound in the form of two scheduled summer singles.
Chrissie is looking forward to a more upbeat and fresh sound
With 2019 locked in sight, she aims to flip the mood with this release and array of live shows, culminating at Glastonbury Festival, where you can see her perform on 27 and 30 June.
FFO: China Dolls, Richard IV, Lake Street Drive
Don’t let Ellie’s sweet and innocent presence fool you – she writes and performs songs as strong and fierce as the ocean and the mountains. Ellie’s angelic honeyed voice accompanied by a folky rhythmic guitar fills the listener with a sense of ancient power emerging from within the music. Ellie’s talents have captured the attention of many and earned her gigs at illustrious venues such as Colston Hall, representing the local music scene for the Bristol Takeover.
Ellie draws inspiration from various places; with a strong 60s vibe, she has developed a unique contemporary folk style with a hint of nostalgia.
with a strong 60s vibe, she has developed a unique contemporary folk style
FFO: Rachel Samani, John Martyn, Joni Mitchell
Multi-instrumentalist and a frequent performer at almost every Bristol’s open mic night, Gabriel Templar has established his name in the minds of indie-pop music fans. You will find yourself humming along to Gabriel’s incredibly catchy songs all day long, trying to imitate one of the awesome rap verses he effortlessly performs. This young man’s sincere youthfulness and inexperience ties together with topics of love, heartbreak and longing. Gabriel has scored some impressive festival slots this year, having played Bristol Takeover and Dot to Dot – and now we can’t wait to see him play at Glastonbury 2019!
FFO: Ten Tonnes, Sam Fender, The Kooks
Already a very well-established name in Bristol’s rock scene, IOTA have proven they are here to stay. IOTA’s aggressive emotion-fuelled riffs and rhythms captivate you from the very first verse and don’t loosen the grip until the last note has faded out. Add Jodie’s raw passionate voice and you have yourself a synergy difficult to find elsewhere. If you missed out on their show at Dot To Dot, no need to worry – IOTA has a busy summer planned ahead with performances at the likes of Witney Music Festival and 2000Trees, so you can catch them play all over the country.
IOTA’s aggressive emotion-fuelled riffs and rhythms captivate you from the very first verse
FFO: Wolf Alice, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Honey, Black Foxxes, Biffy Clyro, Deftones, No Doubt
Krooked Tongue’s often dreamy but angst-driven vocals, moody riffs and power filled drumming make the perfect trio if you’re looking for something icy and fiery. Their underground rock personality and music engages and provokes. The eccentric stage presence of this band is enough to get any crowd fired up. You can experience this live when Krooked Tongue perform at some exciting gigs this summer, including Boardmasters. This is the first release from a big up and coming underground rock phenomenon.
Krooked Tongue’s often dreamy but angst-driven vocals, moody riffs and power filled drumming make the perfect trio
FFO: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Death from Above, Highly Suspect
Taking a fresh twist on the alt-metal scene, Liquid State have gained attention from imprints such as Metal Hammer and Distorted Sound. Their attention to detail cuts above the rest when they combine dirty guitar riffs with bouncy chorus. The professionalism presented within this band is to another degree – the strength of their band dynamic is obvious.
Their release with HUBB accompanies influences such from Dream State, Phoxjaw and Marmozets
Their release with HUBB accompanies influences such from Dream State, Phoxjaw and Marmozets but with a defining Liquid State stamp.
FFO: Blood Youth, Dream State, Phoxjaw, Marmozets
Sin Amor’s glitchy ambient rhythms accompanying Charlie’s soulful voice takes the listener on a truly deep musical journey. Moody themes and pleasant melodies joint together to bring you a rich landscape full of mesmerising sounds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled because these boys show great potential and determination to win their way into the audiences’ soul.
FFO: James Blake, Chet Faker, Jamie XX
Cover image: Belishas by HUBB Records