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On Thursday 2nd May 2013 (THAT’S TODAY, CALENDAR FANS), Generator will continue their traditional Sound City invasion, by bringing some of the UK’s finest emerging artists to Liverpool’s premier celebration of music and arts.


On the bill this year are:

Eliza And The Bear

Described by The Guardian as “a band who will make you party come what may”, Eliza and the Bear will be headlining Generator’s showcase at this year’s Sound City. Blending joyous instrumentation and powerful vocal melodies, Eliza and the Bear are as exciting live as they are on record.

Forthcoming single Upon The North beautifully encapsulates what the London based five piece are about and will no doubt be one of many highlights in a highly anticipated set.

Collectors Club

Middlesborough’s Collectors Club have shown in their debut singles ‘Wanna Be You’ and ‘First To Know’ an ability to write infectious indie pop tracks.

After a successful 2012 and being shortlisted as BBC Introducing’s Ones To Watch for 2013, the band are currently working on their debut with Paddy Jordan (Young Rebel Set).

Natasha Haws

In just over a year, Natasha Haws has released her debut EP, followed that up with another single, received airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and become a firm favourite on BBC 6Music. Not bad for a 19 year old.

Natasha’s songs are laden with her trademark vulnerability and foreboding, telling the tales of moral entanglements and true love’s poor-timing. Her intensity has earned her comparisons to likes of PJ Harvey, Zola Jesus and Bat For Lashes. Over the last twelve months, Natasha Haws has supported the likes of Lucy Rose, Willy Mason, Little Comets, Karims Francis and The Futureheads.

Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister

Formed from the members of Flowers of Evil and Grandfather Birds, Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister have have piqued the interest of more scholarly-minded bloggers, BBC Radio DJs and the NME. It’s like Factory Records producer Martin Hannett left his mark on something by.. I dunno… Mastodon or something. Industrial fuzz through the prism of sadism.

‘Babies’ is a real stand-out track – sultry and deadly, with its sleazy distorted bass and disconcertingly melodic vocal. In an interview with Bizzare Magazine, singer John Edgar says the lyrics are usually about “lust and mental health problems”, and that “hopeless and pathetic and lost” sounds are pertinent ones to hear.

Blank Maps

Though Blank Maps were conceived and hatched in Newcastle, its members hail from all corners of the UK; Newcastle, Sunderland, York and Oxford. After two years of gigging, writing and polishing their chillingly textured soundscapes, what has emerged with Blank Maps has been likened to acts such as The XX, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Friendly Fires and Foals.

Armed with lofty effect-laden guitars, sophisticated technical riffs and Thom Piddock’s spine-tingling falsetto, Blank Maps have already enjoyed airplay on 6Music, and being playlisted on Amazing Radio, as well as being featured on Tom Robinson’s podcast.

The fun kicks off at 7pm at Mello Mello.

Sound City Panels

Also on Thursday 2nd May, Generator presents two panel sessions: ‘How hard is it to hit the road?’ (11.15-12.15) and ‘Can you really manage?’ (1.00-2.00) with special industry guests including Jeff Thompson (Un-Convention/Off Axis Network), Jay Taylor (The Ruby Lounge), Steve Zapp (ITB), Jim Mawdsley (Generator/Evolution), Revo (Sound City/Evol), Tim Smith (Crown Songs), David Bianchi (Reverend & the Makers), Tommas Arny (Jetta) and Dave Stone (Lulu James).

More information on the conference is available on the Liverpool Sound City website, or by clicking on the Conferences tab at the top of this page. 

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