Discovery 2 Preview with Vinyl Staircase, Lowly Hounds, Hana Piranha, Damien McFly and Esperi

Jul 23, 2015 by

Our July showcase features the psychedelic/math rock sounds of Vinyl Staircase, hard howling, blues rock and high octane songs from Lowly Hounds, dark goth, punk riffs, razor sharp violin licks and drawled, snarly vocals of Hana Piranha, the charismatic Italian folk singer Damien McFly who has 10,000 subscribers on his You Tube Channel, and the extraordinary Esperi returns to Discovery, who creates live soundscapes with an unusual array of instruments.


Gig Particulars

  • When: Thursday 30th July, 2015
  • Doors: 7.30pm  Show starts: 8.00pm
  • Venue: 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN
  • Tube: Great Portland Street
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  • Tickets: £7 in advance or £10 at the door
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More about the artists


Vinyl Staircase’s psychedelic sound with hints of Math-rock backed by a profound energy and bite that has seen full capacity venues collapse into chaos has bagged the band a feature in NME and airplay on key radio stations such as Amazing Radio; all whilst still at college. Due to supporting buzz bands such as Demob Happy and headline slots in their hometown of Guildford, the band are beginning to pick up momentum and move further up the new music scene.

“Pop nuggets like ‘Into The Aquarelle’ borrow psych guitar sounds and throw in twinkling arpeggios along side post-hardcore vocals, with the odd math-rock schism to break it up.” – NME Magazine

“4 teenagers from Surrey with amazing hair but better tunes. Like television but with fat distortion pedals. SO RAD.” – Joel Amey from Wolf Alice (Wolf Alice Fanzine)


Passion for the vintagevibe, american blues and the best of funk and soul brought together four eclectic session musicians who, having hit a wall working for other scene bands, were eager to write rock music worthy of beale street and beyond.

The Hounds high energy, surgically crafted music is the result of inspiration from generational songwriters, deep soul sounds and blue samericana. With hard howling riffs, boundless energy and high octane songs, conjure asound akin to White Denim, Alabama Shakes and Catfish & The Bottlemen. They just played at Beacon Festival and for the past few months have been gigging in some of London’s renowned venues

“The new EP is going to rock your body and make you jump up and down on your bed with some great guitar vibes and classic british blues rock vocals.”- Mugzmag

“I’ve been working with Nick Varey for years , and this is an artist that has never disappointed . Now roaring though the scene with Lowly Hounds i feel he’s found the perfect equilibrium between a rocking live band with a kick and proper songwriting, an absolute sure thing to check out. – Famous Wolf Promotions


Hana Piranha is a classically trained virtuoso violinist. From an early age she identified with strong women and individuality. Like her heroes Patti Smith and PJ Harvey, Hana has a complexity and vulnerability about her that shows you can be strong and triumphant by being wounded and fragile.

“Not so much caravans and campfires, more like T-Birds and Tequila… It all sounds like Kittie covering AC/DC…with a violin.”
– Michael Johnson, Nemesis To Go

“If you love music that comes from the heart, is loud, dark and a wee bit devilish – you’re going to love Hana Piranha.”- Olivia Cellamare, Gypsy Death And You


Hailing from Padova, Italy, Damien McFly is the moniker behind Damiano Ferrari,a driven, passionate and charismatic folk singer who bridges the gaps between old and new. His sound is a great compromise between the timeless vibes of country / folk and the catchy appeal of pop melodies with just a guitar, mandolin, double bass and drums.

In order to get a solid fan base he released four Cover Collections in 2014 with more than 20 videos. Thanks to this, his YouTube channel counts now 10.000 subscribers and more than 1 million overall views. A relentless live performer, Damien played over 150 gigs throughout Italy and Germany in less than a year and last summer he crossed the Atlantic to play gigs in Chicago, Indianapolis and Nashville.

New Start, his first single has collected thousands of airplays from international radios (Belgium, Germany, Italy, USA, UK, Brazil, Russia, Croatia).


Esperi is Scottish multi-instrumentalist Chris James Marr. His music ranges from acoustic storytelling to colourful electronica looping and combining different sounds with his acoustic guitar. He uses a host of instruments from the conventional to the unusual including his signature rainbow-coloured bells, toys, tools and samples. Chris lives in East Coast Scotland and predominantly writes about his family, dogs, home and the great outdoors.

Esperi returns to perform at Discovery having played around the world in all sorts of venues and festivals, shared the stage with Andy Mckee, Jon Gomm, Gomez, Jeffrey Lewis, KT Tunstall, Noiserv and many more talented artists, collaborated with RM Hubbert and Alex Kopranos ( Franz Ferdinand ), Panda Su, Sonny Carntyne…

Esperi’s second album “Seasons” is out now. Including 11 new songs and it features the single “Somersaults” which was released on the day his son Callum was born including a sample of his heartbeat as the pulse behind the song.

“Juxtaposing acoustic guitar and a whole host of instruments and percussion, Esperi mainman Chris Marr seems to be making all the right waves.” – The List

“Esperi, aka Chris Marr, from Scotland, makes gorgeously intimate music. His autumnal tones – the quiet demeanor, acoustic guitar, delicate synth – give meaning to the weary-hearted.”- Knox Road