Monday, 18 February 2019


Imagination Engine presents: #4
Fauves | Sorry Escalator + Giraffes
Saturday 30th March | DRS 7PM | TKTS ADV £7 | OTD £9
Westgarth Social Club | Middlesbrough | 99 Southfield Road TS1 3EZ
PAPER TKTS | Available from 03.03.19

Fauves | Glaswegian five piece whose dance-floor friendly sound is inspired by a love of hedonism, art and music.The band's name and noise a homage to Fauvism, an early 20th Century French art movement which utilised vibrant colours and shapes. Influences that come across in their music which glistens with rhythmic shimmer and grooves through bubbling basslines. Like Chaka Khan on Thundercat. This is loved up psychedelic indie-funk dream-pop at its freshest.
FFO: Beck/MGMT/Mac Demarco/UMO
Hear More | Fauves - Twilght

Sorry Escalator | The Teesside noizegazers visceral live performances and homegrown sound are forged of Teesside steel. Deep fathomable sweeps of delayed harmony sliced through by razor sharp riffs. Ethereal reverberating space echo guitars meld with undulating vibrations of psychedelic love, both on and off stage.
FFO: MBV/Ulrika Spacek/J&MC/RIDE
Hear more | Sorry Escalator - Dionysus |

Giraffes | Fresh from the Hartlepool coast. The band are synonymous with catchy indie rock tunes.The duo make catchy garage pop, with great lyrics, singable choruses, merseybeat garage riffs and vibrant percussion.

FFO/Oasis/Shame/Beautiful South/George Ezra

Hear more | Giraffes - Drive |

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Friday, 15 February 2019


Poster image by Euan Lynn (NOVYI LEF | Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Modernist Society) [2018].

Imagination Engine presents..

Saturday 27TH April | DRS 7PM | TKTS ADV £8 | OTD £10

Westgarth Social Club | Middlesbrough | 99 Southfield Road TS1 3EZ

PAPER TKTS | Available from 30.03.19

QLOWSKI | Post Punk Kiwi Pop four piece originally formed in Bologna, Italy. Now based in London and signed to Maple Death Records. The bands new EP ‘Pure As Fear’ delivers the same dark pop as their eponymous debut, which topped the Bandcamp cassette chart. Socially aware and artistically orientated the bands understated style cuts through the space between chic and noir. Producing psychedelic, dance=floor friendly, funked indie.

FFO: Suburban Lawns/Little Dragon/Joy Divison/Interrobang

Hear more | Qlowski - Taking Control

THE ANDERSON TAPES | Garage Punk with a retro indie twist. The London based four piece have connections back to Boro’ and an EP forthcoming on Imagination Engine. The bands steely coiled spring sound lures you in with its laid back delivery. Anthemic bassline led tracks are layered with intensity from frenzied guitars, psychoanalytic lyrics and fervent percussion. All laced up with grungey post rock riffs.

FFO: Pixies/Cherry Glazer/Breeders/Death Valley Girls

Hear more | The Anderson Tapes - Outta The House |

LOST ON ME | Euro Goth Post Punk from Gateshead. The duo have an LP ‘Decade’ out now on Swiss Dark Nights Records. Dynamic programmed drums, cyclic asylum riffs and deep drilling bass forge the New wave sounds of Lost On Me. Dark landscapes are illuminated by energetic beats and prophetic mantra.

FFO: Cold Cave/Twilight Sad/Sisters Of Mercy/The Soft Moon

Hear more | Lost On Me - Oblivion

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019


📷 @Peace_Beat

Thanks to Surfbort and Onlooker for a great show last night. Both bands were full of energy and livened up a cold Monday night in Boro'. Onlooker were raw, real and on top form. Playing tracks from their upcoming EP and running out new material on the night, the audience were treated to fresh and searing Teesside satire from the Hartlepool garage rockers. 

ONLOOKER | Westgarth

Bouncing off stage and bounding into the crowd both in sound and space. Surfbort played a strong set of tracks from their EPs and the current LP Friendship Music. The big hitters from the international smashers went off with 'Hippie Vomit Inhaler', 'Slushie', 'Les Be In Love' and 'Pretty Little Fucker'' energising the crowd. Really cool people making for a really band that sound great live and are building their rep worldwide for stunning on and off stage performances. 

SURFBORT | Westgarth

Some much needed additional thank yous to too Steve Westgarth, Matt for the sound, Lisa and Danny for organizing the rabble. Ellie for the interviews, Stephen for the vids and most importantly, especially to everyone who came to the gig last night. Catch Surfbort up in Glasgow tonight at Nice'n'Sleazy and at the Soup Kitchen Manchester on Tuesday.  We wish the band all the best from all their new friends in Middlesbrough for the rest of their UK/EU tour. Fear not the grizzly bears of your dreams...

Monday, 4 February 2019

THIS TIME NEXT WEEK | SURBORT [USA] + Onlooker @Westgarth SC

Surfbort bring their Brooklyn Punk to Boro'. Fresh from supporting Wolf Alice and Amyl and the Sniffers around the planet. The New Wave New York City Punk Rockers tour their debut LP 'Friendship Music' [HoZac Records | Fat Possum Records] in Teesside at the legendary Westgarth Social Club for Imagination Engine Records. 
FFO: Sunflower Bean/Wolf Alice/Oh Sees/Amyl and the Sniffers 
Surfbort - Hippy Vomit Inhaler | 
Surfbort - 45 | 
Guest support on the night comes from Onlooker the band who continue to run riot from the Tees to the Tyne. FFO: Heaters/The Fall/RBCF/MC5 | + DJ sets from Imagination Engine Records
Monday 11th February | IMAGINATION ENGINE presents.. #3
Surfbort | Onlooker @ Westgarth Social Club Surfbort FFO: Wolf Alice/Oh Sees/Amyl and the Sniffers Onlooker FFO: Idles/Heaters/MC5/Slaves DRS 7PM | TKTS ADV £8 | OTD £10 TKTS | Paper TKTS | Guru Boutique [Darlington] | Sound It Out Records [Stockton] | Westgarth SC [Middlesbrough] Photographs | Surfbort by Cheryl Georgette, Anthony Nellihaff, Parker Day, Carly Adam, Nat Cassel | Onlooker by Holly Galloway | Music | Surfbort - Hippie Vomit Inhaler © + ℗ HoZac Records (2017) All Rights Reserved - HZR-195

Sunday, 27 January 2019


FEHM by Steve White

Admittedly its a bit of a risk to put on an event that mixes styles, audiences and genres.Thats especially so these days. As unfortunately, in our opinion, its become the norm for other events to standardise their bill, operate within restrictive parameters and rely on digital sponsored ads as opposed to legwork, local partnering, engaging directly with an audience, printing paper tickets and inking up hand stamps. Not so with the kind of pan-genre cultural carousel of event we here at Imagination Engine favour.

So its with a happy heart and smiling soul we’re able to say that last nights launch event was an absolute blinder. A lot of cool peoples, bands, friends and fans, both old and new, made it more than we at the label could have hoped for and that it was just what all of us needed to see off January in a suitably dismissive and celebratory style. Huge thanks to DannyMattFEHMHOLY BrailleFlies on youWestgarth Social Club fam, Mel Butler PhotographySteve and David and all of the crowd for making the event a most satisfying cultural happening indeed

Here are some select shots for your viewing pleasure and check our Facebook [HERE] and Instagram [HERE] socials for more:

HOLY BRAILLE by Steve White 

HOLY BRAILLE by Steve White 

FLIES ON YOU by  Mel Butler 

FLIES ON YOU by Dave Roberts

FEHM by Steve White

FEHM by Mel Butler

FEHM by Dave Roberts 

 We’ll be posting some more photos from the event throughout the coming week. Please let us know if you have selfies and mobile snaps as there was a big crowd at the event. Tag us in or msg them to the labels Facebook &/or Instagram pages. As we we would love to show others how much you all enjoyed the party and at the end of the doo, it is about you the audience, for whom we have and show much love.

What more can we say other than thanks again for making it a really special vibe and a memorable night too. Lets do it all again soon.

Monday 11th February | Imagination Engine presents.. @ Westgarth Social Club
Surfbort | Onlooker @ Westgarth S.C
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Online TKTS |
Paper TKTS Guru Boutique | Sound It Out Records | Westgarth Social Club  

Saturday 30th March | Imagination Engine presents.. @Westgarth Social Club

Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Thanks to the reliably informed NARC magazine for helping us get the word out about or launch party THIS COMING SATURDAY. Nice words those words are too, so thank you all the NARC Fam. Here are some select cuts and a link to the full ting’ |

“a real retro feel to the night” | “a good selection of alternative, interesting noise makers” #LOVE

On the night alongside those great bands FEHM | Holy Braille + Flies On You, there will be affordable drinks, all kinds of people from all kinds of subcultures, DJ sets from Imagination Engine, CVFM will be in attendance interviewing and reviewing and we’ll have professional photographer Mel Butler capturing the zeitgeist. Lovely.  

Online tickets are nearly done and the few remaining advance tickets are available from the venue Westgarth Social club [Middlesbrough], Guru Boutique [Darlington] and Sound It Out Records [Stockton]. Tickets will be available on the door.

Till then then, heres the new tune from headliners FEHM |

Thanks to Anne and all the CVFM Fam for inviting the label in for a chat and for hosting the competition to win a pair of tickets for the launch event this Saturday.

Find details on the competition and stream the show back here |

Monday, 21 January 2019


Imagination Engine will be live with Anne Woodcock on CVFM from 18:00 tomorrow night. 
We'll be chatting about the label and playing tracks from the acts playing our launch party this Saturday 26th January. Tune in to grin and win, with the chance to bag a pair of tickets during our on air giveaway* CVFM, the go to community radio station for Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley area broadcast on 104.5FM and stream both online via and via FB LIVE

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*[>18s Only]