Transient Visitors are a new and exciting band originating from Croydon, South London. Musicians, Matt Thompson (vocals & lead guitar), Sam Baldwin (rhythm guitar), Jo Huggins (bass) and Anton Bland (synths), fuse pop, rock, metal and electronic influences to create their own unique dark melodic sound. The band’s self-penned debut EP is available soon, with songs such as ‘Insanity Calling’ and ‘Battlescars’ showcasing their songwriting talent.
System Experience is an award-winning band (Culture Seeds 2019, Best Creative Project by Young People) from Croydon.
They are a high-energy symphonic rock group with strong socio-political and dreamy lyrics.
Ava’s raw and passionate vocals awake the mind to the government’s mistakes that prevent young people with Autism from receiving the right support. Manoj’s classical piano arrangements, Zoe’s symphonic riffs on violin and Leo’s drones on drums, create a charged and dramatic performance. Audiences connect and respond instantly.
All members are accomplished songwriters in their own right and support each other in expressing individual ideas to create the System Experience. Formed in 2019 through the Soda Jam Sessions, the band members are:
After refining their sound and performing live in Croydon and Brighton last year, they plan to release their first EP in 2020.
Royal Boil Alice is a music project inspired by brutalist architectural styles (known as brutalism) which Croydon became known for after its big regeneration in the 1960’s.
In 2017, Club Soda was commissioned by Drake Music and Southbank Centre to create a piece of music inspired by the brutalist architecture of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank.
Club Soda invited a number of its musicians to join the project, including a large number of young people. The musicians spent time researching at the Southbank’s Archives Centre. They were fascinated by some of the early concerts that were staged at the venue, notably that of Pink Floyd in 1967, David Bowie in 1969 and some of the early Radiophonic workshops that took place there. After spending time researching the archives and exploring the the Southbank, the musicians recorded music on the site of the Southbank itself. Together they created a new composition entitled, Echoes Through Time. No postproduction was used on the recording, in order to capture the pure atmosphere and the acoustics of the site, the reflections and the reverbs of the spaces.
Echoes Through Time, was first performed live at a special event held at the ICA on the 17th March 2017, along with three other commissions by disabled musicians. It was an evening of audio visual delight, performances, films, improvisation and installations featuring up and coming artists from across London.
In 2018, Royal Boil Alice was invited to perform Echoes Through Time at London’s Southbank, as part of a festival called Concrete Dreams, which revealed the stories of Southbank Centre’s 1960’s building and their early artistic beginnings.
The Mumbly Wolfs are a Croydon based semi-improvised rock ‘n’ roll band which have been compared to The Fall, Can and Eno period – Roxy Music. They were formed during a workshop led by Alan Courtis in 2015. They compose their music in jam/improvisation sessions. James Heath (Vocals and Drums) named the band and has so far written most of their lyrics.
In March 2018 they will release their self-titled debut album ‘The Mumbly Wolfs’, which was recorded live in London at Cafe OTO, Hackney 2015 and Matthews Yard, Croydon 2016.
The Mumbly Wolfs are (in alphabetical order):
Richard Aldridge: Drums
Anton Bland: Monotron and iPad
Alan Courtis: Guitar
James Heath: Vocals and Drums
A.J. Holmes: Guitar
Jo Huggins: Guitar
Tom Kiraly: Bass
Aaron Moore: Drums and Trumpet
Matthew Thompson: Guitar
We Rise From The Fallen mix rock, metal and punk influences to create their own unique sound. Blending a solid rhythm section and catchy lead riffs, with punky vocals and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Formed in 2014, the band marked their arrival on the Croydon music scene with a series of performances for Club Soda, including a special one-off show as part of Ambition Festival. Proving a hit with the Soda Beat crowd, the band have gone from strength to strength and have been working on new material for their forthcoming debut EP, Phoenix.