Friday is “Virgins day” on the Veterans & Virgins stage: a showcase for up-and-coming local talents and artists new to Truck’s field of dreams.
Closing the Friday night party will be rising Oxford stars Maiians, drawing comparisons to the likes of Caribou and Four Tet with their intricate and hypnotic instrumental electronica. Preceding them are genre-hopping blues-country-soul-folk quartet Polly & the Billets Doux, bringing their high-energy live show to Steventon at long last. Improbably young singer-songwriter Will Joseph Cook also makes his Truck debut with his ear-worming Phoenix-esque pop tunes.
Here at Truck we’re proud of our record of nurturing and encouraging new talent, so naturally we’ve partnered with our friends at BBC Oxford Introducing to choose 7 of the brightest new local talents to appear. Balloon Ascents are causing a lot of excitement locally & nationally with their Rufus Wainwright-esque pop, while Little Brother Eli call to mind Jack White or the Black Keys with their soulful-yet-heavy blues rock. Angela Space a.k.a Rainbow Reservoir brings a touch of anti-folk lyricism with a punk-rock edge and an ear for a pop hook. Magpie electro-mavericks Death Of Hi-fi, psychedelic-shoegazers Orange Vision, ambient folk exponents Water Pageant and darkly adventurous guitar-pop youngsters Too Many Poets complete an eclectic and brilliant lineup. Why not come along to the Veterans & Virgins stage on friday and discover your new favourite band..?!
On Saturday we bring you Veterans of Trucks gone by, beloved of Truck audiences since time immemorial.
Making a triumphant comeback to the Hill Farm cornfields is Kansas-born singer and all-round indie-pop legend Piney Gir, bringing the euphoric musical-starshine of her acclaimed new LP “Mr Hyde’s Wild Ride” to the festival alongside an all-star backing band. Joining her will be Steventon’s own “notorious Bennett brothers”, The Dreaming Spires, fresh from an appearance on BBC1s Andrew Marr show, and on the back of their critically-lauded new album “Searching for the Supertruth”.
Oxford’s finest exponents of widescreen americana ambience, The Epstein, make a welcome return, alongside BBC6 music favourites Co-pilgrim, with their lush harmonies and hook-laden pop tunes, and Steventon’s own Alphabet Backwards with their insanely catchy electro-synth-pop.
We could write a book on the life stories and many talents of Electric Soft Parade’s Brighton-based White brothers, but suffice to say we’re delighted to welcome Alex’s soul-pop ensemble Interlocutor& Tom’s epic-pop tunes (as The Fiction Aisle); you should know by now to always expect the unexpected from them..
The lineup is completed by transatlantic experimental rock-orchestra Flowers of Hell (favourites of the late great Lou Reed), perfectly crafted Jam-meets-the-fanclub jangle-pop from The Shapes, and riff-led rock from Oxford’s Decovo, who’s guitarist Nick featured at the first ever Truck festival in 1998 with his band Merlin!
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