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Blog Birthday, bands and a big announcement.

12 Sep

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, etc etc.

Here we are again, now celebrating two years to the day of blogging goodness and fun as the Alphabet Bands you know and love. It’s been a cracking year and (we hope you agree) the blog keeps getting better and better. Certainly we are having a lot of fun writing it and things have certainly changed a heck of a lot in the last twelve months. We’ve certainly come a long way from posting random news stories and getting excited about getting 5 whole email submissions a day.

Forgive us this moment of blatant self indulgence but let’s have a quick canter through some of those changes before we get on to the really good stuff.

  • Since we posted our Blog Manifesto on our first birthday (the tenants of which still hold true btw) we have posted another 278 articles for you to enjoy.
  • We were (randomly and alongside many others) nominated for Blog of the Year at the Record of the Day awards.
  • We have appeared on Amazing Radio (and will be back – hopefully – on a regular basis) and Future Radio a couple of times.
  • We started a successful and (we think) hugely entertaining feature called Tracks of my Teens.
  • We put on our first ever Alphabet Bands Presents… evening, with help from the wonderful crews at Planet of Sound and Open Norwich and featuring blog crushes Vuvuvultures as well as local acts Box of Light (for their first ever live show) and Horse Party.
  • Not bad really, not massive but a reasonable amount we think you will agree. Actually, there is a little more to tell you about and that is something that is coming up, something we are extremely excited about.

    Last October we attended the annual Norwich Sound and Vision Festival and loved every minute of it. As well as all the fun we had, we came away thinking how much we’d love to be a part of the festival in the future.

    Well, we can now reveal (announcement klaxon) that this year, we are!

    That’s right. At this year’s Norwich Sound and Vision Festival, on Saturday 12 October at Olives to be exact, there will be an Alphabet Bands Stage and we couldn’t be happier with the line-up we’ve got playing. All three acts have featured on the blog and we adore each of them like they were bands we really really love. Wanna know who they are? Here’s a poster:

    NSV Poster 4

    We say we are excited but really that is an understatement, especially when you consider just how amazing the bands are and how amazing this year’s festival as a whole looks. We’ll preview it in more detail nearer the time but just go and see who else has been confirmed to play. Ghostpoet, Drenge, Foxes, Pawws, Sivu, No Ceremony, Superfood, AlunaGeorge, the list goes on and on.

    We heartily recommend picking up a festival wristband so you can see as many of the acts across the three days as possible. Do that and entry to our gig will be free, or alternatively you can rock up to Olives on the night and just pay £3 on the door!

    We’ll leave you with a taste of each of our featured bands and look forward to see you on 12 October.

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    In Session… She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”

    31 May

    Last week we posted the first part of our beautiful session with She Makes War, recorded when she was in town for a show. Now we are pleased to share part two with you which not only features another fabulous acoustic rendition of a track from her latest album, Little Battles but a lesson for us here at Alphabet Bands. That being, if someone walks in halfway through a session, don’t just check for road noise after his arrival, check to see if he makes a noise himself and if he actually enters the blummin shot! We like to think it adds to the charm of the session.


    This is She Makes War performing the excellent “Exit Strategy” and featuring a special guest appearance from some dude’s arm. Enjoy.

    Read More
    In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”
    Album Review: She Makes War – Little Battles
    Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”
    She Makes War Website

    In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”

    24 May

    The really rather lovely and extremely talented She Makes War was in town recently for a show and we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive acoustic session and interview in the afternoon (which you’ll be able to read soon).

    We’ve been planning on filming sessions for a while now but wanted to make sure the first one was something a bit special. We think you’ll agree that this stripped back version of her next single, “Minefields” is exactly that. The album version, on Little Battles was pretty darn good but this is just gorgeous and we have fallen more than a little bit in love with it. We hope you do too.

    Read More
    Album Review: She Makes War – Little Battles
    Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”
    She Makes War Website