A Few Bands

Bears From Labrador

Bears From Labrador are Dylan Rippon, Greg Braden and Rob Cann. They can be found writing and rehearsing in their studio in the heart of London Fields, E8. They performed for the first time a little over a year ago at the “Pretty Vacancies” club night held at The George Tavern on Commercial Road. They haven taken their name from Melville’s Moby Dick…Read more.

Cheap Hotel

Pretty Vacancies Club Night at the George Tavern- a faded old pub on the Commercial Road, a decrepit seventies disco dance-floor in the backroom, peeling wallpaper and dodgy electrics. But in the corner a young trio takes the stage. Cheap Hotel – Anna Calvi, Uli Mattesson and Gregg Braden. To me it seems like the answer to all that conservative, overblown, boring guitar music. Here I am listening to something that can breath fresh life into the scene. Read more.

Dylan Rippon

Dylan Rippon is a songwriter, producer, guitarist and founding member of Solar, Grand Union, Gramercy, Bears From Labrdor and WA Wa Punx. He began his career in London in the late 1990s. Using samplers and tape machines he immersed himself in the lo-fi scene that stood at odds with Britpop. His solo albums are characterised by a collage of styles and textures. Samples, live drums, synthesizers and acoustic guitars are used to create a post-modern pop sound that defies categorisation. Read more.

Grand Union

Grand Union formed in the spring of 2000 as a performing band as opposed to a studio band – which is what Solar (Dylan Rippon, Tim Drury, Quillon Larratt and Keith McAndrew) had become. It wasn’t that Solar decided to quit it was just that things began to change. The problem was staging live shows with loops and samples and a real drummer. It was messy – the small venues couldn’t cope with the multiple outputs and sync requirements – more often than not things would go wrong. Read more


With a Tascam 244 4-track and an E-64 Sampler Solar set off like any random sunbeam shot through the cosmos. Tim Drury, a student at Central Saint Martins, and Dylan Rippon, a medical student at St. Barts, met in 1997. The 6 EPs they released on their own imprint Diablo Fuel feature everything from hardcore country (Somebody On My Side) to minimal electro (Drifting Knowing) via voodooed psychedelic rock’n'roll (Thin Air). Read more