The Tubs were formed in 2019 by Owen Williams and George Nicholls, formerly of much-loved Welsh pop band Joanna Gruesome. The two hunkered down in rural North Wales to expand on the fuzzy, hook-laden sounds they propagated in their former outfit, this time incorporating elements of post-punk, traditional British folk, and guitar jangle seasoned by nonchalant Newell-influenced pop hooks & contemporary antipodean indie bands (Twerps/The Goon Sax, et al).
They hit the ground running, releasing the I Don’t Know How It Works 7-inch on Prefect Records in early 2020 and playing gigs with UK colleagues like Porridge Radio, Ex-Vöid and Marcel Wave, as well as support for Flasher & Public Practice. After a few line-up shuffles, they recruited Max Warren (bass), Steve Stonholdt (guitar) and Matthew Green (drums) to solidify the current line-up. Their new Names EP is out now on Trouble In Mind and Prefect Records.
Sam Lewis Valenzuela is an Anglo-Chilean songwriter who’s been making music since the early noughties. First as Being There, who released a record on Young & Lost Club and toured with Noah and the Whale, and then as one half of bedroom electronic pop duo Tree Trunks, who’ve been featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. He’s also played in Rozi Plain’s band (and a bunch others you might know). Here he’s playing as Fan Fiction, exploring covers and new songs he wrote that helped him get through lockdown – and having his first baby.