Mini Hype – Smallgang


It’s not often that you hear a happy song about a plane crash but such is the attitude of Smallgang; determined to find positives in the unlikeliest of places. This happiness shines through in their jangly guitars, poppy vocals and frantic hooks. On first listen Smallgang may seem too indebted to their influences but further plays will reveal the originality and talent that this troupe has. Look out for a debut full-length in early 2011 on Damnably Records.

 Rob Hakimian

http://www.myspace.com/smallgang

Mini Hype – 2:54


This London based female duo are influenced by a plethora of late 80s & early 90s bands, most evidently Sonic Youth, right down to singer Hannah Thurlow’s Kim Gordon-esque husky vocals. The sisters are strong female characters, which shines through in their music and is probably why they have been selected to support Melissa Auf Der Maur on her UK tour.

Rob Hakimian

http://www.myspace.com/thetwofiftyfour
Creeping by 2:54 Band

Mini Hype – Echo Lake


The name Echo Lake tells you everything you need to know about the sound of this band. Cavernous guitars enclose the haunting vocals, which add a mysticism and ethereal quality to their music. Listening to Echo Lake can put you into a state of reverie wherein you’ll picture the placid waters and dreamscapes that is audibly beholden unto you.

Rob Hakimian


http://www.myspace.com/echolakeandthestrangeera

Everything Is Real by Echo Lake