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EMMANUEL JAL & NYARUACH

Emmanuel Jal: Juno nominated Musician, Actor, and Campaigner releases his 6th studio album ‘NAATH’; a stunning joint collaboration with his hugely talented sister, Nyaruach.

NAATH  is a vivacious, Afrobeat infused album with Emmanuel and Nyaruach drawing strongly on the unique sounds of their country; interweaving traditional folklore and love songs - alongside infectious dance tunes. NAATH is the ancient word for the land and language surrounding the glorious Kingdom of Kush. Carefully choosing this theme - Jal and Nyaruach's music is often at odds with the image of war and poverty that has blighted South Sudan. Instead, both artists choose to reflect upon the resilience and rich culture of their identity through their vibrant tones and messaging. 

From his start in life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has come through huge personal struggles to become asuccessful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador now living in Toronto, Canada.

Emmanuel's sister Nyaruach was also born in South Sudan at a similar time and was separated from the rest of her immediate family, including Jal, at the age of 4. As years went on, the war intensified, she witnessed her family members killed and was raped by government officials. It wasn't until 2004 that she was finally reunited with Jal in Nairobi. Unfortunately due to renewed violence in South Sudan and threats upon her life, Nyaruach has been forced to live in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya where she has an uncertain future.

Emmanuel and Nyaruach have recorded together on Emmanuel's break out single Gua, which stands for “peace” in their native Nuer tongue which was broadcast by the BBC across Africa and became a hit in Kenya in 2005. The two have since performed together in Kenya for Oxfam and South Sudan for the first of its kind peace concert with Daryl 'DMC' McDaniels organised by Emmanuel's non-profit organisation 'We Want Peace.'

Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach

22 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£10

STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a truly original young band from the city of Los Angeles. Led by their nineteen year old frontwoman Arrow de Wilde, their take on dark and heavy rock & roll both recorded and through their chaotic live shows, brings such music into the 21st century as an almost transgressive form of pop.

Starcrawler are all LA natives and met in high school. Their self-titled LP was released one year ago in January by Rough Trade Records to rave reviews. Since then, they’ve toured non-stop all over the world, including triumphant sets at Primavera, Rock Am Ring, Download Festival, Voodoo Festival, Fuji Rock, Reading, Leeds and more. In March, they won the 2018 SXSW Grulke prize for best US act after blowing minds at each of their nine shows. They were VEVO DSCVR artists with video testimonial from Shirley Manson who said “I feel like Starcrawler, and in particular Arrow, are really challenging the norms in which women are seen in music.” The amount of support they have received from their fellow artists has been overwhelming. They opened shows for the Foo Fighters at Olympic Park in London, and toured with The Distillers and MC5.

Starcrawler

21 Nov 2019

+ special guests

The Underworld

174 Camden High St, Camden Town
London
NW1 0NE

7pm

£15

OSHUN

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (youtube.com/oshun), Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook (facebook.com/oshuniverse) alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Paper Magazine, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They've also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college and live on their own, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for additional releases of their album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, worldwide tour of the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.

Oshun

09 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£15

HARVEY CAUSON

Calm and understated, Bristol’s Harvey Causon is turning heads with his deft take on contemporary R&B, percussive electronica and powerful, brooding vocal that sounds far more world wearied than his 20 years. Harvey writes and produces his own tracks, as well as collaborating with producer and flatmate, Gabriel Gifford.

His most recent collaborative releases 'Worn You' and 'Branches' have been playlisted by Radio 1 as the BBC Introducing Track of the Week, played on Radio 1 Prague and added to the Burberry and Radio 1 Spotify playlists. With nods to other contemporary artists James Blake and Jamie Isaac, the ambient piano ballad has a nervous energy but it’s dub tinged rhythm, clever lyrical content and fragile yet soothing vocal set it apart. The pair are set to release the full EP 'Murphy's Hand' at the end of July.

After moving to Bristol last year, Harvey quickly released his ‘Introspect EP’, a collection of songs that he had been sitting on for a while. Eclectic, but polished, the stand out song from the release, ‘Systems’ was given a remix from rising hip hop duo Cabrakid. This earned Harvey an appearance at 'Cabra’s' support slot with Loyle Carner after the rapper heard the track.

In October, Harvey released his single 'Frisson' with local Bristol label Leisure Records. Not only did it gain attention from indieshuffle and Bristol Live but it was described 'an impressively diverse three minutes' for DIY's NEU Pick of the day. It has since hit 250k streams, earned spots on NME and Spotify's 'Office' and 'Left Of Centre' playlists.

Harvey Causon

22 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

1st Floor, 7 Torrens St, The Angel
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£8

GIANT SWAN

On November 8th the Bristolian duo of Robin Stewart and Harry Wright AKA Giant Swan will release their highly anticipated debut album, on their own freshly-minted label, Keck.
In support of the LP release, they have curated a string of gigs and club nights that will give them a chance to present some of their closest allies formed on the road. For their first headline shows in the UK, they will be bringing along friends and fellow audio playmakers Dis Fig, Ossia and Rian Treanor, as well as working with crews in each city to cram these nights with local pedigree.

An uncompromising statement of intent, ‘55 Year Old Daughter’ sets the tone: metallic KO drums and an earworm hook constructed from a scissored vocal sample, the album lurches into life with perhaps the closest the band have come so far to an out-and-out banger. A track that’s simultaneously deconstructed avant-noise and devastating DJ weapon.

Having built a formidable reputation for their hi-octane improvised performances, relentless international touring and a succession of acclaimed EPs on respected imprints such as Whities, Timedance and Mannequin, 'Giant Swan' sees the pair stepping things up significantly, with a full-length musical statement that bristles with the galvanising energy for which they're known while introducing a fresh depth, range and sonic nuance to the equation.

At the same time, they’ve been subverting expectations on the international techno circuit, they’ve also had one foot in a more experimental camp, equally at home playing alongside Moor Mother (for whom they’ve produced a track on the forthcoming Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes album) at leftfield arts festivals as they are sending it in at legendary clubs like Berghain and Tresor.

Giant Swan

14 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

1st Floor, 7 Torrens St, The Angel
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£12.50

YOUR SMITH

Minneapolis native Your Smith (aka Caroline Smith), relocated to Los Angeles after signing to Pulse Recording (DRAM, Miike Snow, Gallant, et. al). Inspired by the history of Laurel Canyon and moving through a city that’s been immortalized in music throughout the ages, Smith concocted her own sound, bringing together the funk / R&B “Minneapolis Sound” of her roots and the classic songwriting of the LA folk heroes.

Your Smith released her debut EP Bad Habit, in August 2018 on Neon Gold Records (HAIM, Christine & The Queens, et. al) and concluded a US headline tour in September followed by international dates supporting RHYE in winter 2018.

She has resumed collaborating with producer Tommy English (BØRNS, Kacey Musgraves) as well as Alex and Alex, Captain Cuts, and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers) to create her sophomore EP, a collection of five songs embodying the essence of a past era, but capturing the perspective of the moment and this current climate of the world.

The upcoming EP, “Wild Wild Woman”, will debut on September 13, released on Neon Gold Records and Liberator (AUS/NZ). “This is an anthem for the wild woman that lives inside us all, begging to be let out...”

Your Smith

13 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8.50

This November Toy curate a show at Hackney Wick's Studio 9294 where they'll be re-imagining songs from Happy In The Hollow with a few surprises...

Support for the show comes from:

SCULPTURE

A freewheeling excursion through temporary forms of digital composition, analogue electronics, comic strips, sci-fi, pop, psychedelia and multisensory perception. Full AV performance

THE THELMA DEATH STARE

Martin Tomlinson of 'The Thelma Death Stare' (lead singer of Selfish Cunt) presents his concrete slabs of groin grinding, barbed wired rhythms to a provocative discourse on London’s heightened hysteria of narcissistic corporatised survival

DUCASSE

Friend and family member Luis Maria Ducasse will be playing his first London show after supporting us on our European tour earlier this year. Hailing from Buenos Aires and currently residing in Barcelona he will be performing a live set fusing techno, EBM and industrial with modern beats designed for the dance floor 

CHERRYSTONES

Musician, international DJ, soundtrack composer, compiler and multi-genre music fiend. We are pleased to have our friend and fellow psychonaut spinning whatever he goddamn wants 

SHEET NOISE

Local mood junkie and resident Joe will be playing EBM, Post Punk, No Wave, Industrial, Proto Acid’

DAISY DICKINSON

Returning to do live visuals for us. Surprise in store. One time performance.

Toy present hollowed out

15 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£12.50

DEEP DEEP WATER

In their short time together this blissfully atmospheric London-based four-piece have amassed support from the likes of NME, The 405, BBC Introducing and Radio X, as well as securing placement on some of the country’s most prestigious festival line-ups such as All Points East, Glastonbury and Bluedot festivals.

As their name suggests the quartet focus on the depth and haunting unknown of what lies beneath. Beneath ourselves, our friendships and society as a whole. It’s an experiment in exploration of self and our surroundings. And like the ocean, the band use their brand of dub-inflected pop in a way that is both beautiful in its elegance and foreboding in its intensity.

As with their debut releases ‘Freedom’ and ‘Something in the Water’ produced by Richard Norris, their live shows perfectly encapsulate their multi-layered, technical, melodic and sophisticated sound.

Deep Deep Water

30 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£8

YUNG SHAM

Yung Sham is the performance moniker of 19-year-old Philadelphia based songwriter Elijah Sheppard. The project began as a solo recording effort in Sheppard’s early high school years. Inspired by everything from 60s rock and folk stars to cult figures from the 90s to today, Sheppard’s music employs strong melodies and distinct chord structures and deals with themes ranging from loneliness and rejection to love and growth. Sheppard formed the band in 2015 and began performing at independent venues in the Philadelphia DIY community, gaining experience in a music scene that has featured many now prominent acts. In 2016 he self-released his short album “The Passion”, created in collaboration with engineer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist Scotty Leitch. This year he self-released his debut full-length “World of Color”, created in collaboration with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Lesser and friends.

Yung Sham

26 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St, Hackney
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

FREE

THE LOW ANTHEM

Performing selections from their renowned album "Oh My God Charlie Darwin" - an evening celebration of the band's acclaimed 2009 album from the band, with performances from the record alongside other fan favourite songs

The Low Anthem present Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

29 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Union Chapel

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7pm

£17.50

ALGIERS

ALGIERS have released collaborative audiovisual piece, “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?”, a new work from the band and production duo Randall Dunn and Ben Greenberg (Jóhann Jóhannsson's Mandy Soundtrack, Sunn O))), Uniform). The new piece pits charged language and free jazz collage by ALGIERS multi-instrumentalist Franklin James Fisher, saxophonics pioneer Skerik and drummer D’Vonne Lewis against a maelstrom of visuals by award-winning filmmaker Sam Campbell and typographer Farbod Kokabi.

Inspired by a chance encounter with artists Moor Mother and Harrga at Wysing Polyphonic in 2018, “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?” contorts ALGIERS’ post-punk deconstruction of racial and class sonic politics into new collaborative directions. “Can The Sub_Bass Speak?” is the centerpiece of a larger web installation thereisnoyear.com.

The film recalls the ‘visual abstraction’ and political radicalism of Lis Rhodes and John Akomfrah, situating Fisher’s lyrical examination of structural racism within the disorienting resurgence of fascism across Europe and the United States.

Fisher says:
Who has the cultural authority to designate origin and authenticity? “Can the Sub_Bass Speak? “is a frustrated regurgitation; a re-contextualization; a re-appropriation; a shield and a mirror that projects back onto the world a lifetime of interpellating language rooted in weaponized ignorance and supremacist privilege. The improvised punctuation is provided by Skerik on the tenor saxophone and D’Vonne Lewis on drums and percussion. The underlying cacophony traces the evolution of African-American music, experience and identity. This is not for the mercenary architects: the Jacks and Queens of simulated experience. This is for anyone who has found themselves on the sharp end of insidious, rhetorical prying: “Where are you from?” “What are you?” This is for anyone who has had their identity assigned and determined by the agents of patriarchy. This is for the Subaltern.

Alongside, ALGIERS have announced UK & European headline tour dates for 2020, perhaps pointing to more new music to follow soon. Kicking off in Brighton on February 3rd, the band headline London’s Village Underground on February 5th, before continuing to further stops in the UK and Europe.

Algiers

05 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln, Hackney
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£15

MARIKA HACKMAN

“hand solo,” “blow,” “conventional ride”—these are just a few of the cheeky offerings off Any Human Friend, the new album from rock provocateur Marika Hackman. “This whole record is me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further, exposing myself in quite a big way. It can be quite sexual,” Hackman says. “It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous.” There’s also depth to her carnal knowledge: Any Human Friend (out via AMF Records and Sub Pop Records in North and South America) is ultimately about how, as she puts it, “We all have this lightness and darkness in us.”

Hackman lifted the album’s title from a documentary about four-year-olds interacting with dementia patients in senior homes. At one point, two little girls confer about their experience there, with one musing on how it’s great to make “any human friend,” whether old or young. “When she said that it really touched a nerve in me,” says the London-based musician. “It’s that childlike view where we really accept people, are comfortable with their differences.”

Such introspection has earned Hackman her name. Her 2015 debut, We Slept at Last, was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, I’m Not Your Man—which earned raves from The Guardian, Stereogum, and Pitchfork—and its sybaritic, swaggering hit “Boyfriend,” which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend. “Her tactile lyrics keep the songs melodically strong and full of surprises,” remarked Pitchfork. We’ll say!

“I’m a hopeless romantic,” she explains. “I search for love and sexual experience, but also I’m terrified by it.” Hackman is a Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. (Even her cover art, which finds Hackman nearly nude while cradling a baby pig, is a nod to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra’s unfiltered photos of mothers just after they gave birth.) To that end, “hand solo” extorts the virtues of masturbation and  features Hackman’s favorite line, “Under patriarchal law, I’m going to die a virgin.” The song “blow” paints a picture of social excess. And “conventional ride” thumbs its nose at heterosexual sex through “the trope a lot of gay women experience: sleeping with someone, then it becomes apparent you’re kind of an experiment.”

Marika Hackman

05 Mar 2020

+ special guests

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town
London
NW5 1JY

7pm

£17.50

BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND

The diverse work of legendary singer, composer and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been gathering momentum in recent years thanks to a reissue of the extraordinary folk-jazz explorations of his debut self-titled album (1970) and the widespread discovery of his acclaimed masterpiece Keyboard Fantasies (1986); an ahead-of-it’s-time synth exploration which somehow combines the essence of new-age minimalism, early Detroit techno and the warmth of traditional songwriting.

Throughout a fifty year recording career, Beverly Glenn-Copeland's music has defied categorisation and genre, its only consistency being the extraordinary fusion of vision, technology, spirituality and place.

After many years of absence from the concert stage, Glenn-Copeland has resumed performing with his new band, Indigo Rising, in Canada and Europe. With great joy and appreciation Glenn-Copeland acknowledges his deep connection with the younger generations that are now so enthusiastically embracing his music!

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

13 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£15

CALEBORATE

In the pocket with nuanced, reflective bars or atop sunny, soulful bounce, Sacramento-born and Berkeley-bred Caleborate paints a vivid portrait of life as a Northern Californian 20-something, from the cinematic vistas of the Oakland hills to visceral childhood memories.

Lauded by Pigeons & Planes as “smart, introspective hip-hop” and deemed “one of the most promising spitters out right now” by XXL, the 24-year-old bares all through a kaleidoscoping mosaic of love and heartbreak, weed smoke and college loans, family ties and simmering ambitions, triumph and loss.

OSQUELLO

19 year old rapper, songwriter and producer Osquello, a.k.a Fabiano Lewis has just dropped his debut EP 'Good Morning Simulation'. A startlingly assured collection from a young artist with limitless potential, blending hip-hop, indie and jazz with skill and ease.

After some important collaborations with people such as Clairo, Declan McKenna, Sugi.Wa ,Brockhampton and Goldie ‘Good Morning Simulation’ is the sound of Osquello stepping into the limelight.

The EP highlights universal sounds laying his feelings out for all to see: it’s this honesty which makes him such a unique and vital voice, allowing him to forge a genuine connection with fans.

His music is multifaceted and draws inspiration from his personal experiences.

After being recognised by big names such as Fader, High Snobiety , NME, Clash, Giles Peterson, BBC1extra osquello is set to release his debut Album “Osqstock” in 2020.

Caleborate / Osquello

30 Oct 2019

Colours

2-4 Hoxton Square, Hackney
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£12

VELVET NEGRONI

On Neon Brown (out summer 2019 on 4AD), Velvet Negroni is a griot relaying the life and times of his own island—it’s a singular place, with the squeak and thrum of guitar strings looped over drum machine beats accented by steely marimbas, all creating a pocket for one of the most authentic and original artistic voices ever committed to tape.

You follow his voice as it rhymes in double time, or hiccups and la-las through a break, or croons from a room down the hall, as it unfolds into another story of lost love, or another joke about lost drugs, as he tries to make sense of a life spent in the (sometimes harrowing) pursuit of communion.

Turns out what sounds like a lonely island is in fact the city of Minneapolis. Velvet Negroni grew up in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities as Jeremy Nutzman, a black kid adopted into a white evangelical Christian family. His fundamentalist missionary of a mother drove him to virtuosity, both as a classically trained concert pianist and a competitive figure skater, but he had to climb out his bedroom window to play guitar in his first band.

Velvet Negroni

06 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

BATTLES

Battles return this autumn with their fourth album Juice B Crypts on Warp Records to follow their complex, mind-bending predecessors Mirrored, Gloss Drop, Dross Glop and La Di Da Di. Their latest album is a sensory overload of information that throws everything you thought you knew about Battles into flux once again.

Battles redefined line-up puts Ian Williams (Keys, Guitar, Electronics) and John Stanier (Drums) at the core of the covertly named Juice B Crypts, which was produced and mixed by Chris Tabron (Trash Talk, Beyonce, Mobb Deep, Ratking). Marrying synthesizer loops, cut-throat drum patterns and cyclical riffs, the album flirts with new technology, questions of authenticity and the technicalities of reinventing the wheel at the eleventh hour.

In true Battles form, the pair have encrypted the album with hidden codes and secret languages that only they know. What does the composer of "Taxi", a semi-modular analog subtractive audio synthesizer, a two cycle gasoline tie drilling machine and a 70's band with fifteen studio and six live albums have to do with Juice B Crypts? One answer Ian points you to is the concept of ‘medium specificity’ coined by New York art critic Clement Greenberg, which valued artists’ abilities to manipulate mediums based on their materiality. Like painters on the vanguard of modernism, Battles apply their medium of choice: intricate arpegios sequenced on an Elektron Octatrack, mind-altering pitch-shifted chord progressions, sixteen-measure time signatures and twisted clues to do the talking. All to be somewhat expected from the band responsible for boundary-defying songs such as “The Yabba”, “Atlas” and “Ice Cream”.

Pre-order the band's new album for a chance to get tickets.

Battles

13 Aug 2019

+ Battles DJ 

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

FREE ENTRY

BLACK MOUNTAIN

Space Rock Psych Warriors Black Mountain announce their forthcoming album, Destroyer, out May 24 via Jagjaguwar. They also share their blistering lead single, “Future Shade,” which has a riff that “travelled around the world then hit the bong with a chorus a year and a half later,” says Stephen McBean. “A last attempt at double frosting produced a chorus on chorus death match.  Anxiety is the new heavy metal.”

Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean turned 16 after Woodstock but before Varg started burning down Norwegian churches. And yet, until just two short years ago, McBean had lived his entire adolescence and adult life without a proper driver’s license, that first and most coveted ticket to personal independence. Black Mountain’s new album, Destroyer, is imbued with all that wild-ass freedom and newfound agency (and anxiety and fear) that comes with one's first time behind the wheel.

MASS DATURA

In October 2018, London band Mass Datura were deep in the French countryside, holed up at Capitola Analogue, studio of French producer and drummer Nico Brusq. There they recorded 11 tracks straight to tape, capturing band leader Thomas’ Rowe’s songs with an immediate energy and analogue warmth. The resulting album, Wish Untitled, is a personal, but willingly shared, journey through the emotional upheavals we’re all familiar with; fractured companionships, the perils of damaging dependency and crumbling under the weight of a world that doesn’t care.

Black Mountain / Mass Datura

22 Oct 2019

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East
London
N5 1RD

7pm

£17.50

BROEN

Broen is the name of an Oslo, Mykonos-based quintet who specialize in vibrantly experimental groove-conscious pop. In the band’s native language, Norwegian, Broen means bridge. When the band started in 2011, its moniker was just a name that sounded cool to its founders. However, as the distinct artistic personalities in the collective began pooling their influences, they found it was an apt descriptive term for their bold musical adventures into unchartered artistic territories.

“The name has become a metaphor for us in terms of creating bridges between sounds and musical landscapes that would conventionally maybe not meet,” says vocalist Marianna S. A. Røe. Adds tuba player Heida Karine Johannesdottir Mobeck: “Each time we play, we take the risk to walk together over the bridge that can lead us band members to musical places we didn’t know existed.”

Arm in arm for those fearless sonic odysseys are Anja Lauvdal synths, Lars Ove Fossheim guitar, Hans Hulbækmo drums, Heida Karine Johannesdottir Mobeck tuba, and Marianna S. A. Røe vocals. The five-piece band pens emotive and artfully-abstract poetic lyrics, and composes wildly imaginative pop informed by jazz, funk, psychedelia, electronics hip-hop, and whatever genre members are feeling on any given day. To date, Broen have internationally released 2017’s I Love Art (Bella Union), and 2019’s Do You See the Falling Leaves?( Bella Union).

DOMINIC WOLF

Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Dominic Wolf is the rendering of the one-man band. Tucked away in his home studio in East London, Dominic Wolf has spent the past year building a collection of organic sounds and samples he uses throughout his live set and upcoming releases. From using popcorn boxes as drum toms to using chocolate powder tins and wasabi seeds as shakers - every object that reaches Dominic's home studio in East London has been recorded and sampled in his latest works. Dominic Wolf will be releasing his next single "Tainted Paradise" on August 16th 2019. Spotify: http://bit.ly/DominicWolf

Broen / Dominic Wolf

06 Nov 2019

+ Dominic Wolf 

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

MODEL MAN

Model Man = two brothers

Model Man

05 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£8.50

MISS JUNE

Miss June is what happens when angst matures. Raised in the embers of punk rock, Miss June harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of front person Annabel Liddell, unafraid, unapologetic and ready to wake up the music scene.

Described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre” the NZ four piece, completed by the music school alumni recruited by Liddell – guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett – has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows.

Miss June have caught the attention of acts like The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Wolf Alice, Idles and Die! Die! Die!, who have all eagerly harnessed their support on stage.

Miss June

10 Oct 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

PILLOW QUEENS

“Deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails.” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6music

Pillow Queens formed in Winter 2016 with the immediate release of their demo EP Calm Girls, which sparked a successful string of UK & Irish dates & festival appearances.

Their second EP State of the State made its way onto BBC 6 Music’s playlists, with Steve Lamacq calling them “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”. The lead single Favourite picked up lots of great support on the UK’s national airwaves, including plays on BBC RADIO 1, BBC Introducing, RADIO X & Amazing Radio. After two more UK tours, and two sellout hometown gigs, the band soon found themselves more and more comfortable on bigger stages, opening for the likes of American Football and Pussy Riot, capping off Summer 2018 with a stadium performance opening for Idles & Future Islands.

This quick momentum led to the band working with Mercury Prize nominated producer Tommy McLaughlin for their next single Gay Girls – which received a nomination for the RTE Choice Music Prize song of the year, as well as International airplay on NPR’s World Cafe & KEXP.

HEAVY HEART

“A shimmering chunk of alt-rock” – NME
“Lush alt-rock with tremendous promise” – The Line Of Best Fit
"Heavy Heart have a lightness of touch that makes their music entirely enticing" – Clash

In January 2019, Heavy Heart released Bed Bug, the first of three tracks mixed and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Palehound, Soccer Mommy).  Following this with Dowsabel in March and Cry Ice in June, these new singles have seen support from the likes of Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, PopMatters, The Wild Honey Pie, Little Indie Blogs, NME and Earmilk.

Rewind to January 2016, to a tiny flat above the main road in New Cross, south east London, and Heavy Heart were starting work on a project which would see them write, record and release a new song each month of that year. Channelling a sound which The Line of Best Fit praised as “lush alt-rock with tremendous promise”, and with lyrics exploring themes of melancholia, depression, female objectification, mass media, obsessive love, and casual witchcraft, the resulting twelve singles formed a kind of collage, a year in the life of a band, pieced together in real time, as it happened.

With the project gaining momentum, Heavy Heart collaborated with vinyl-only label I Can & I Will, who in March 2017 released all twelve tracks as a limited-edition LP collection entitled Keepsake. Lead single Fruitfly went on to pick up UK airplay on 6 Music from Steve Lamacq, on Radio X from John Kennedy, and from Phil Taggart on Radio 1, and also appeared on Killing Moon’s New Moons Vol. IX compilation in 2018.

The band have recently supported Another Sky, Big Spring, MarthaGunn, and Desert Mountain Tribe, played two packed shows at The Great Escape in May, and headlined their own show at Sebright Arms for Communion Music in June.

A Rockfeedback and Egyptian Elbows co-promotion.

Pillow Queens / Heavy Heart

10 Oct 2019

+ Heavy Heart

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

FREE

ELENA SETIÉN

Elena Setién is an artist defined by her vivid songwriting and nuanced compositions. The multi-instrumentalist’s music exudes the bold individualism and sense of empathy associated with her homeland of Spain’s Basque region. Setién’s declarative gestures both musically and lyrically breathe life into her expressive allegories. Her careful arrangements are direct and affecting and give her room for forays into experimentation. While Elena’s recordings are decidedly pop, she has considerable experience as an improviser. Another Kind Of Revolution, Elena Setién’s Thrill Jockey debut, is a work of entrancing, effortless beauty.

Setién grew up during a period of political upheaval in Spain, in the Basque region. The turmoil of the post-dictatorship period of the 1980s and the intensive civic actions left her with a sense of duty to fight for progress. A brief encounter with Laurie Anderson more recently also profoundly affected Setién. Specifically, Anderson’s parting thoughts on being an artist today: “You just have to make something beautiful and free.” Revolution is, for Setién, going back to simple truths and manifesting the beautiful in people. Her lyrics throughout Another Kind Of Revolution describe the beauty of everyday life, nature, and promote the forces of change not as a burden, but as the very source of hope to draw from.

SPIRITCAKE

spiritcake’s work drifts beautifully between personal conflicts and the natural world; every piercing rumination on his own emotive state met by a crackle of nightly noise in the far-off distance, a wash of ambience approaching. 

Led by a voice that is immediately striking, spiritcake’s music is at once raw and rigid, and then untethered and vulnerable.

Elena Setién / spiritcake

20 Oct 2019

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St, The Angel
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£8

Returning to conquer after-hours on the Alternative Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival 2019, influential indie label Transgressive Records will be celebrating fifteen years of the award-winning music company with their biggest ever Reading and Leeds takeover. Taking place on Friday night in Reading, and Saturday and Sunday in Leeds, they will be bringing their most exciting line up yet to the Alternative Stage with exclusive live sets, DJ slots and other birthday surprises from 9.30pm until late, ensuring the party continues long after the headliners have finished.

The Alternative Stage at Reading on Friday will feature house party DJ battle’s from BBC Radio 1's Jack Saunders and indie-rockers Circa Waves, who will be joining the party after their performance on the BBC Radio 1 Stage earlier that day. Other unmissable DJs will also be featuring, pitted against each other in who can get the biggest sing-alongs.

Transgressive bring indie veterans Mystery Jets to Leeds on the Saturday night of the festival along with psychedelic duo Let’s Eat Grandma and one of the most potent figures in British music right now Steel Banglez will play on the Sunday night. Guaranteed to close the weekend in epic style, Transgressive Soundsystem will be behind the decks once more, whilst there will also be a Beyonce VS Drake DJ party on Sunday night (hosted by Bless and Superhero DJs) – which is not to be missed!

Transgressive at Reading and Leeds

23 Aug 2019

Mystery Jets / Let's Eat Grandma / Steel Banglez / Crica Waves / Jack Saunders / Transgressive Sound System

Reading and Leeds

Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park
RG1 8EQ

SOLD OUT

KLLO

This October, Kllo return to Europe for their first run of shows in over a year. The tour will see them play tracks fans have come to know and love, as well as a sneak peek at new material from Kllo from their forthcoming sophomore album (set for release in 2020).

After releasing their critically-acclaimed debut album Backwater in 2017 (a record which saw them receive global praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Line of Best Fit), Kllo embarked on an expansive world tour, selling out shows across the globe. Always dynamic on the live front, these seasoned performers are primed for another opportunity to deliver their energetic show to growing legion of supporters.

KLLO

30 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£11

BATTLES

Evolving from its experimental roots into a fresh duo, Battles makes a remarkable return to form. Picking up the artistic thread where the band left off on Mirrored and Gloss Drop, the same wildly networked, post-everything electronic art-rock band who are in the process of repositioning their core to New York and all its influences.

Battles

25 Oct 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£20

The band have revealed a clandestine new video for ‘Sweat’ - filmed by Aurelie Gonnage Livera. The band’s principal songwriter Lucinda Duarte-Holman said of the video: “It’s supposed to be a visual metaphorical representation for sex, without being explicit. It’s hard to come by a video for a song about something that’s is so intimate and not involve some form of nudity or crass elements. Its vulnerable but it’s also ‘tongue and cheek’- being taken for a ride in a car with the top down. That’s a pretty romantic scene in my opinion…”

Alaskalaska

21 Nov 2019

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£10

DANA GAVANSKI

Dana Gavanski is a singer/songwriter currently residing in Toronto. She released her first EP, Spring Demos, in the fall of 2017 via Fox Food Records, a collection of delicate folk songs that she wrote the year before while living in Montreal. Once moving to Toronto, Dana met and began collaborating with some local musicians and is currently working on her first LP to be released later this year with the UK label Full Time Hobby. While still rooted in the intimacy of folk songwriting, Dana’s new album explores a different sonic texture with the addition of a full band.

Born in Vancouver to a Serbian family, but relocating to Montreal to attend university, Dana originally planned to pursue a career in film. However, she shifted her attention back to music when her then ex-partner left her his guitar before moving to NYC. Having known only how to play ‘Diamonds and Rust’ by Joan Baez, Dana picked up a Travis Picking technique book and started re-learning how to play. When in the Summer of 2016, she took a job with her father as a producer’s assistant on a horror film in the Laurentians, she made enough to focus solely on developing her music for a year. With that came her first EP, Spring Demos. In April 2019, Dana released her debut 7” single “One by One” b/w “Do You?” on Full Time Hobby.

Dana’s debut LP is due in early 2020.

Dana Gavanski

20 Nov 2019

+ special Guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£9.50

BESHKEN

New York-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Beshken is self-releasing his album ​Aisle of Palm, d​ ue June 17th. Arriving on the heels of two 2018 singles, “Victim”, “The Medicine” and the 2017 EP, ​For Time Is the Longest Distance Between Two People, t​ his latest record coalesces elements of indie, experimental dance, ambient, psychedelia and dream-pop. It’s a highly personal testament to Beshken’s chameleonic dance between genres. Exploring the point where acoustic recording and digital rendering meet, ​Aisle of Palm​ is an effective lesson in how field recordings, synthesizers, and introspective lyrics can fuse into a challenging, yet accessible format.

Beshken wrote the LP in late 2017 while living in Berlin, influenced by an existential chapter adapting to a foreign place and ruminating on sleepless nights. These periods of transition from place to place or wakefulness to sleep can be vulnerable and isolating--​the first step in letting one’s unconscious have agency. Beshken is content at this hypnagogic junction, seeing it as ​fertile ground for meditation and new beginnings,​ ​“The record is brooding and tempestuous--but I was also aiming to explore the levity in disorienting moments”.

Synth and bass sounds in the single “Cursed” are actually noises from the echochamber-like geodesic domes of Teufelsberg, a Cold War-era listening station just outside the German capital. “Focus On” is a mantra to living life in the present, the lyrics repetitive and reassuring. In “Golden Sun”, a haunting Moog Mother-32 modular synthesizer complements a garage​-​inspired groove. Beshken’s falsetto evokes emotion on “Gray Ghost”, while the song outro elicits videogame-like circuitry.

ELSA HEWITT

Elsa Hewitt is a prolific producer and songwriter, known for making avant-garde electronic music. Mesmerising and deceptively experimental, her music merges currents of lo-fi house, future garage, dub-techno, experimental-techno and hip-hop, with hazy textural ambience, well honed songwriting and spoken word. It is a distinctive yet unpredictable sound that continues to evolve with every release. In 2016, following over twelve years developing her songwriting and aptitude for creating albums, the talented artist won the PRS Foundation's Lynsey de Paul Prize and was shortly after selected for Brownswood’s Future Bubblers Year 2 collective. Consequently in 2017 there came the release of three albums; 'Cameras From Mars', 'Dum Spiro Spero' and 'Peng Variations', which are now collectively entitled 'Becoming Real Trilogy'. In 2018 Hewitt produced 'Quilt Jams', consisting of 13 improvised, minimal and ambient compositions, 'Given' for 'Future Bubbers 2.0’, progressive pop single 'Invisible Threads', the 'Becoming Real - Trilogy Compilation' vinyl, and created and performed work for the Open Music Archive and The Jazz Cafe. Elsa Hewitt’s newest album 'Citrus Paradisi' is released on 1st March 2019, making it her fifth album release in two years.

Beshken / Elsa Hewitt / Taylor Skye (DJ)

31 Jul 2019

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

19.30

FREE

STRAND OF OAKS

“When I was writing these songs, every day I would walk on the beach and I was completely alone and overwhelmed by fear…but then I realized how there really aren’t any rules for who you are, who you’ll become, or who you think you need to be. Eraserland is just that. It’s death to ego, and rebirth to anything or anyone you want to be.”

In December 2017, Tim Showalter was uncertain about his next record and the shape it would eventually take. With no new songs written and lacking any clear vision, he was unprepared for the message he would receive from his friend Carl Broemel, the conversation that would follow, and the album that would become Eraserland. Leading off with standout track “Weird Ways” and his powerful declaration of “I don’t feel it anymore,” Eraserland traces Showalter’s evolution from apprehension to creative awakening, carving out a new and compelling future for Strand of Oaks.

“This project seemed to just fall together naturally,” said Broemel, guitarist for My Morning Jacket. “I felt drawn to Tim’s positive energy and his albums…I threw it out there that I’d be happy to help in any way I could with the record.” Broemel quickly reignited Showalter’s interest in what would become Strand of Oaks’ sixth full-length studio release, and within 24 hours, My Morning Jacket members Patrick Hallahan (drums), Bo Koster (keys), and Tom Blankenship (bass) were also on board.

Strand Of Oaks

07 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£19.50

JACKIE MENDOZA

Born and raised in the border city of Chula Vista, California, Jackie Mendoza blends the cultural influences of her hometown and her motherland of Tijuana, Mexico, creating eccentric electronic pop, Latin-driven dance beats and vibrant soundscapes. Latin-pop, indie pop and electronic music have all had strong but equal impacts on Jackie’s musical path at different times in her life. Mendoza has been experimenting with electronic ukulele-based pop, expanding the instrument’s sound to its maximum potential by layering it with beats while singing in both English and Spanish. Her debut EP, LuvHz (Love Hurts), out later this year on Luminelle Recordings, was mostly written during a precarious time in Mendoza’s life, and is a six-track exploration of love and relationships.

BIANCA SCOUT

Bianca scout is a musician and a dancer although, upon exposure to her craft, it is apparent that the two stem from an inseparable core of her being. 

Her interstellar chords and still-lake skimming vocals invoke a collage of worlds that leave ripples in the recipient’s emotional pool.

Her ability to invite her listeners into an all encompassing potentiality spores an eternity in a moment.

With stealthy stems conjuring a bitch-slap from an undeniable fog of existing conformity and whispers of an unspoken resting place where hope rises from the decay. Welcomingly unnerving, Bianca scout addresses the non - addressed and societal under-the-carpet issues of our lamenting souls.

Jackie Mendoza / Bianca Scout

25 Oct 2019

Sebright Arms

Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

FREE

MELT YOURSELF DOWN

The genre defying collective headline Hackney Wick's Studio 9294 this October. 

Melt Yourself Down

16 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£14

JULIEN CHANG

“I wanted to shock people,” says Julien Chang. “"I wanted to make something in secret, with no expectations, something that would challenge an image of me that people had become familiar with."

With his stunning debut album, ‘Jules,’ Chang has accomplished all that and more. Entirely self-recorded and self-produced, the collection showcases the nineteen-year-old Baltimore native’s remarkable vision and breathtaking instrumental chops, fusing infectious pop melodies and experimental psych-rock with progressive jazz improvisation and sophisticated classical construction. The arrangements twist and turn, toying with expectation and reveling in the freedom and discovery of youth. At the same time, Chang’s subtle, restrained vocal delivery suggests a deep thoughtfulness, one that belies his youth as he grapples with love and friendship, growth and change, memory and regret. The result is an album that boldly defies categorization, a trippy sonic collage that dares you to keep up as it tips its cap to everything from Stevie Wonder and The Beatles to Tame Impala and Robert Glasper.

Julien Chang

29 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury St, Dalston
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£9.50

JULIEN CHANG

“I wanted to shock people,” says Julien Chang. “"I wanted to make something in secret, with no expectations, something that would challenge an image of me that people had become familiar with."

With his stunning debut album, ‘Jules,’ Chang has accomplished all that and more. Entirely self-recorded and self-produced, the collection showcases the nineteen-year-old Baltimore native’s remarkable vision and breathtaking instrumental chops, fusing infectious pop melodies and experimental psych-rock with progressive jazz improvisation and sophisticated classical construction. The arrangements twist and turn, toying with expectation and reveling in the freedom and discovery of youth. At the same time, Chang’s subtle, restrained vocal delivery suggests a deep thoughtfulness, one that belies his youth as he grapples with love and friendship, growth and change, memory and regret. The result is an album that boldly defies categorization, a trippy sonic collage that dares you to keep up as it tips its cap to everything from Stevie Wonder and The Beatles to Tame Impala and Robert Glasper.

Julien Chang

28 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Bermondsey Social Club

19 Almond Rd, Bermondsey
London
SE16 3LR

7.30pm

£9.50

COUCOU CHLOE (LIVE)

French producer/vocalist/DJ COUCOU CHLOE – a resident of both London and NTS Radio – released her debut EP Halo (on Creamcake) only in autumn of 2016, but much has happened since then. With her track “Doom” appearing as part of the soundtrack for Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show at New York Fashion Week in September 2017, the scene was set for her Erika Jane EP – this time on nascent record label NUXXE, which she co-runs alongside Sega Bodega and Shygirl.

With a thoroughly modern sound that has gestated online but lives primarily in the club, her beats range from sensuous and slow hip-hop bangers – complete with her modulated vocal raps – to  nervously energetic, four to the floor with a twist. Playfully experimental but always with an ear tuned to pop, Erika Jane was the best realization of COUCOU CHLOE yet… until 2019’s Naughty Dog EP. With sumptuous trap-adjacent production and a no fucks attitude, Naughty Dog is another reflection of COUCOU CHLOE’s blasé charisma.

 

COUCOU CHLOE / Joey Labeija / Oklou (DJ)

18 Sep 2019

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens St
London
EC1V 1NQ

19:30

£11

WHY?

Yoni Wolf has spent the last two decades traveling the remote sonic terrain where underground hip hop, avant-pop, and psych-rock meet. In that time he’s cultivated a unique sound, and a unique position as one of contemporary music’s most distinctive voices. Some of Yoni’s most compelling and critically-praised musical experiments have been issued under the moniker WHY? and his latest entry is no exception. On AOKOHIO Yoni condenses the essential elements of WHY? into a stunningly potent musical vision. 

Co-produced by Yoni and his brother Josiah, AOKOHIO presents a rich palette of musical voices that emerge and disappear into a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of sound. “I wanted a wide variety of sounds. I didn't want this album to sit in one sonic zone. I've always felt like too jagged of a person to be smooth in that way,” Yoni says. While the album features many notable guest contributors, from Lala Lala’s Lillie West, to Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, the listener’s attention remains squarely directed on Yoni’s voice and vision.

AOKOHIO finds Yoni rethinking fundamental aspects of his approach to creating and delivering his music. The album is presented as six movements comprised of two to four songs each, with some segments appearing as brief fragments that dissolve within seconds.

“When I started this project, I decided I needed to try a new approach in creating music and how I work,” Yoni reflects. “I wasn't feeling the idea of going back in and making another ten or twelve song album. It felt arduous. It felt like too much. So I wanted to pare the process down and make it manageable. I thought, 'Why don't I make small five or six minute movements and finish up each movement before I move on to the next.' That's how I started approaching it. The whole process took over five years, I'd start working on something and set it aside for awhile. The earliest songs on this album started in 2013.“

As Yoni reimagined his approach to creating music, he also began thinking of new ways to share the music with his audience. “I initially wanted to release the music as I progressed through the project,” Yoni says. “When I finished a movement I wanted to put it up digitally on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. I just wanted to make little pieces of music and put them out there. But I had a call with my manager and the label and they said, 'We can release stuff through time like that, but we want to do it properly.' So the idea of the project changed after that, but it retained the integrity of working in movements. It's definitely a very different way of working for me. I think it has yielded some interesting results.”

The concept of sharing AOKOHIO in segments over time has been preserved with the release of an accompanying visual album. “I think it's a very artful way of putting the music out there,” Yoni explains. “It's like a television series, it's revealing itself slowly over time. I think it's cool that the audience gets to hear it one piece at a time, and has to wait and digest each piece before they get the next one.”

WHY?

26 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£18

SOLD OUT

ROYAL BLOOD

Royal Blood will play Margate's Winter Gardens this August. The August shows represent the band's first UK gigs in almost two years and offer a rare chance for fans to catch Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher in intimate venues. Royal Blood’s previous UK and Ireland arena tour included three sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, selling 30,000 tickets in the capital and more than 100,000 in total. A Q live review concluded, “Royal Blood’s show on a night like this is about as thrilling as rock ‘n’ roll gets.”

Royal Blood

14 Aug 2019

+ The Mysterines

Margate Winter Gardens

Fort Cres
Margate
CT9 1HX

7pm

£30

Everything Is Terrible!’s T H E G R E A T S A T A N

Since the dawn of time, man has searched for answers... and failed. But the fog of existence has finally cleared thanks to the eternal fruits of your favorite found footage collective, Everything Is Terrible! Over the last 10 years, EIT! has reinterpreted our shared memory into 3,000+ daily web videos, collected 15,000 Jerry Maguire VHS tapes, and forever altered the collective consciousness. Now, with their longtime collaborator Lucifer, Everything Is Terrible! has ingested over 2,000 satanic panic, religious kook, and D-horror VHS tapes. They have recontextualized them and created a narrative feature that reminds us all who we are, why we are here, and what we should be doing with our paltry time on this dumb planet. And now they invite you to be an initiate of the psychedelic devotion of EIT! As you take your blood oath, your journey will brim with evangelical ducks, goopy ghouls, and sad white men who believe that Dungeons & Dragons summon actual horned demons. Join your bedazzled Dadgods for an all-new live show, featuring never before seen puppets and costumes, as EIT! presents their newest feature, T H E G R E A T S A T A N. But be warned… If you really want to see your mind, you’ve got to be ready to rip your skull open…

Please bring your offerings of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes to the altar when EIT! comes to your town!

Everything Is Terrible

06 Oct 2019

+ Special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

KEVIN MORBY

With his four acclaimed solo albums and myriad records of various collaboration, Kevin Morby has become a true musical auteur. Each record possesses its own unique persona and explores intriguing themes and fertile terrain through shifting, focused textures and dexterous, dedicated skill. And now, with the lavish, resplendent, career-best double LP Oh My God (out April 26th via Dead Oceans), Morby delivers a grandiose director's cut of his biggest statement to date, epic in scope as well as sound. Additionally, today Kevin shares the video for the album's first single, "No Halo," directed by Chris Good.

Throughout his past work, Morby has noticed the ubiquity of an apparent religious theme. Though not identifying as "religious" in the slightest, Morby recognizes in himself a somewhat spiritual being with a secular attitude towards the soulful. And so, in an effort to tackle that notion head-on and once-and-for-all, he sat down in his form of church—on planes and in beds—and wrote what would become his first true concept-album. If Singing Saw was Kevin's LA record, and City Music was his ode to New York City, then Oh My God lives in the sky, above the weather, both nowhere and everywhere at once.

"Religion is around all of us," Morby says. "It's a universal language and there is profound beauty in it. I've found it a useful tool within songwriting, as it's something everyone can relate to on some level. There are religious themes or imagery in a lot of what I've done, so I wanted to get all of that out and speak only that language for a whole record. It's not a born-again thing; it's more that 'oh my god' is such a profound statement we all use multiple times a day and means so many different things. It's not about an actual god but a perceived one, and it's an outsider's view of the human experience in terms of religion."

In 2016, on the heels of a trio of critically-acclaimed albums, he wrote the protest song "Beautiful Strangers" about the devastating world events of that year, and in it he inserted multiple "oh my god"s as pleas of desperation. The song became his most celebrated work to date and the phrase became a mantra for Morby, inspiring him to weave the exclamation conceptually into the fabric of an entire album. In effect, he sought to highlight how that immortal turn of phrase embodies so much of our relationship with the sacred and profane—how religion is all around us, always, and that by simply uttering an OMG we enforce its ubiquity and ability to endure while humanizing its reach.

Kevin Morby (Solo)

12 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Rd, Primrose Hill
London
NW1 7AY

7.30pm

£17.50

HARRIET BROWN

Harriet Brown is an artist, producer, composer and performer, creating his own genre of homegrown R&B. With his recently released second album on Innovative Leisure, 'Mall of Fortune', Harriet Brown has evolved his bedroom funk to the next level, unapologetically taking us on a semi-smooth ride to sexy church, not without a rough dose of future twang. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Harriet Brown’s productions are a slew of his meticulous drum programming and heavy, synthesized bass intertwined with his deeply intentional lyrics. HB not only makes us move, but also be moved; his music is genre bending, contemplative, and soulful - contemporary funk for the nostalgics.

Harriet Brown

18 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Redon

Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9HA

7.30pm

£8

SOLD OUT

KISHI BASHI

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music before becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia-based indie rock band, of Montreal. He remains based in Athens.

Kishi Bashi is also the singer and founding member of the New York electronic rock outfit, Jupiter One. In 2011, he started to record and perform as a solo artist, opening for Sondre Lerche, Alexi Murdoch, and of Montreal. He supported of Montreal on their spring 2012 tour.

Kishi Bashi

25 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£16.50

ALI BARTER

Two years on from her blistering debut A Suitable Girl, Ali Barter has announced her triumphant return with Hello, I’m Doing My Best - a revealing collection of songs that track her most formative relationships: to her body, her instincts, sobriety and the old vices it counteracts, and the people she loves most.

Hello, I’m Doing My Best is set for release on October 18, via Inertia Music / [PIAS], today Ali also revealed her first ever love song with, ‘Backseat’ which premiered with triple j and her first ever global tour. You can pre-order the album and lock in your tickets via alibartermusic.com.

Directed by Anna Phillips (‘Ur A Piece of Shit’), the video for ‘Backseat’ also premiered today via Consequence Of Sound, and sees Ali weave through a comedy of errors with long time collaborator and husband Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy). Ali describes the treatment as being about "two awkward people that get together one night at a bar. A girl admires a boy from afar but when she meets him they are so clumsy and over eager that they end up injuring each other during a late night jam session. It's just like love really: a mess”

Ali Barter

02 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£9

HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE

San Francisco band Hot Flash Heat Wave rose to prominence in the Bay Area music scene in 2015 with the release of their 'Gutter Girl' music video, from their debut album Neapolitan, with its accompanying video eventually trending on Reddit. Their versatile sound, at times reminiscent of psychedelia, dream pop, and post-punk, demonstrates a dynamic range of songwriting prowess centered around consistently infectious, sun-soaked melodies and guitar hooks.

HFHW formed in Davis, California as a noise collaboration between Adam Abildgaard and Nick Duffy in 2010, adding Ted Davis in the following years amidst a series of lineup changes. Renouncing the traditional front-manned format of most contemporary bands, the members instead each contribute songs and share the lead.

MUNYA

“I don't really understand how I make music," says Josie Boivin, who records and performs as Munya. "I feel like it's coming from another world." Otherworldly is an apt descriptor for Munya's music. The songs are at turns playful and melancholy, as catchy as they are strange, light and airy but full of powerful emotion.

Born in the small town of Saguenay in Quebec, Josie Boivin is the youngest of nine children. Classically trained as a pianist, Boivin discovered she could sing opera in high school, when she was overheard by a music teacher while jokingly imitating an opera singer. After spending her teens in the highly competitive opera world, she studied jazz at the University of Montreal. Boivin took a year to travel and explore, experiencing life and working odd jobs, trying to find the best outlet for her musical vision. She played keyboards and did backing vocals for local artists in Montreal, honing her skills as a producer, performer, and musician.

It wasn't until September of 2017 that Boivin found her calling, when a friend invited her to play the legendary Pop Montreal festival. At that point, she only had one finished song. "I realized that this was my chance," she says. "If I was ever going to make my own music, it was now. I quit my job and moved in with my sister, just so I could write all day."

MOREISH IDOLS

Moreish Idols are a psych-pop band formed in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Hot Flash Heat Wave / MUNYA / Moreish Idols

21 Oct 2019

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

GRACE LIGHTMAN

Grace Lightman started out fronting London psychedelic band The Hypnotic Eye before embarking on her solo career in 2015 following a chance meeting with producer and collaborator Patrick James Pearson. The pair   bonded over a mutual admiration for ‘60s sci-fi, Twin Peaks and sad songs, with Grace shaping her sensual and timeless vocal around honest, unflinching melodies, hypnotic synth swells and sparing beats recalling   Nico and Francois Hardy. BBC 6 Music tastemaker Lauren Laverne moved quickly to declare her debut outing ‘Vapour Trails’ both a Headphones Moment and an MPFree on her show, with mainstream and blog media support   flooding in soon after.

Set in a world where she questions what it means to be human - through the use of her otherworldly alias, the Silver Eater - Lightman explores the bittersweet powerlessness felt by all people, essentially, laying what it means to be in an adult human relationship bare for all

Grace Lightman

03 Oct 2019

+ special guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St, The Angel
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7

!!!

Doesn't it seem like everyone's freaking out lately? !!! know the feeling well. The NYC dance-punk lifers have been chronicling the perpetual meltdown that is American society for nearly 20 years now, from the clattering full-band thrust of their instantly iconic 2003 single "Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story)" to the dark disco of 2017's wonderfully eclectic Shake the Shudder.

Their eighth full-length, Wallop, follows in the band's grand tradition of plugging straight into our collective nervous system and sending funky, rubbery shock waves through the body politic. If you've found yourself rubbing your temples while contemplating the collapse of everything around us? Well, !!! are bringing the soundtrack to your next nervous breakdown.

Like an apocalyptic jukebox, Wallop is jam-packed with various sounds and styles from dance music's rich history—from the pie-eyed psychedelia of Madchester-era English dance-rock to tunnel-vision techno and the flashy, bomb-dropping sound of UK grime. The candy-coated sounds of '90s rave loom large in Wallop's playful darkness, a callback to another era when everything felt like it was just about ready to fall apart. Diving into '90s retro nostalgia is good for us," frontman Nic Offer explains while discussing the sonic rediscovery at the beating heart of Wallop. "I know all the '80s stuff already, so it's like, 'What did happen in the '90s?' Because in the '90s, we were just listening to James Brown."

!!!

29 Nov 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£18.50

HELADO NEGRO

Helado Negro returns with This Is How You Smile, an album that freely  ickers between clarity and obscurity, past and present geographies, bright and unhurried seasons. Miami-born, New York-based artist Roberto Carlos Lange embraces a personal and universal exploration of aura – seen, felt, emitted – on his sixth album and second for RVNG Intl.

Following Lange’s personal-as-political 2016 album Private Energy, re-released as Private Energy (Expanded) in 2017, This Is How You Smile  nds vitality in turning the privacy dial further inward. On “Please Won’t Please,” the album’s  rst o ering and opening track, Lange sets the scene with a spare drumbeat that moves the music forward in a more maligned than militant march, his voice tenderly permits himself weariness: “We light ourselves on  re, just to see if anyone believes.” Something must be reserved, “will anyone rescue what’s left of me.” This Is How You Smile only grows and glows brighter from there; an album that meditates on the slow, eternal love of family, and gently proposes revisiting those feelings as a way to relate to and beyond our core of familiarity.

JACKIE MENDOZA

Born and raised in the border city of Chula Vista, California, Jackie Mendoza blends the cultural influences of her hometown and her motherland of Tijuana, Mexico, creating eccentric electronic pop, Latin-driven dance beats and vibrant soundscapes. Latin-pop, indie pop and electronic music have all had strong but equal impacts on Jackie’s musical path at different times in her life. Mendoza has been experimenting with electronic ukulele-based pop, expanding the instrument’s sound to its maximum potential by layering it with beats while singing in both English and Spanish. Her debut EP, LuvHz (Love Hurts), out later this year on Luminelle Recordings, was mostly written during a precarious time in Mendoza’s life, and is a six-track exploration of love and relationships.

The slow-building single “De Lejos” was written while she was on tour in Mexico, shortly after she returned to San Diego after graduation. Released earlier this year, the song was written for her girlfriend, and toils with the emotional hardships of being in a long-distance relationship.

Helado Negro

29 Oct 2019

+ Jackie Mendoza

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£13

The event will see MERCURY PRIZE Nominee SHABAKA HUTCHINGS (of Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming) curate the 2 evenings, offering fans and festival-goers an experience like no other with special one-off collaborations bridging the best of young British jazz talent collaborating with their peers and elders and will feature MAISHA, NAT BIRCHALL and OKUMU, HERBERT, SKINNER + BYRON WALLEN with several more TBA.  

The daytime programme will feature panels and workshops which include The North South Divide ‘Bridging the Gap’, Shabaka Workshop & Q+A, Start Up’s, Business, & Funding Workshop, Mental Health ‘Let’s Keep the Conversation Going’, ‘In Conversation with…’ and Female Entrepreneurs in the Industry ‘We Did it Our Way…’ (with more TBA) and some of the UK’s best breakthrough new music.

OneFest has decided to push the dates of its North/South events back from September 2019 to 7th March for Leadmill, Sheffield and 14th March for EartH, London. With Shabaka Hutchings curating OneFest 2020, the programme and lineup will be bigger and more ambitious than ever, while the focus will remain on the ‘North-South Divide’. All tickets already bought will be transferable to next year.

Shabaka Hutchings’ One Fest

14 Mar 2020

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£20

DU BLONDE

Du Blonde may sound like a band, but in fact it is, and always has been, the work of just one person. Beth Jeans Houghton.

Her new album Lung Bread For Daddy delves even deeper into self sufficiency, seeing Beth take the reigns on production, instrumentation, album artwork and direction of music videos. This project is entirely her own.  “I've always known exactly what I want my records to sound like and apart from drums, I have the ability to play all the instruments, so why wouldn't I? It was also a ‘fuck you’ to anybody who has made me feel like my playing abilities were not good enough over the years.”  Houghton states defiantly.

Lung Bread For Daddy veers wildly between genres reminiscent of proto-punk, psych rock and the wholesome song writing of the 1970’s, taking the listener on a journey through the landscape of her past. It is an honest and often uncomfortable look into the life of a person who’s experiences (“ My lyrics are always autobiographical. I can't write fictional lyrics.” ) have been touched by a myriad of characters, homes across continents, periods of extreme loneliness, mental illness and a search for an understanding of personal identity.

Du Blonde

02 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

FLUME

Flume rose to prominence as a teenager with his brilliant, scene-starting, self-titled debut in 2012. Featuring the hits Holdin On, On Top, Sleepless and others, the album amassed global plaudits, becoming a chart-topper in his native Australia. In the two years that followed, Flume established a name as a serious international contender, thanks to his compelling live show (debuting at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Reading & Leeds and many others) and skillful remixes of high-profile acts including Lorde and Disclosure.

After a series of well-received collaborations (Lockjaw EP with Chet Faker [2014] and Some Minds with Andrew Wyatt [2015]), Flume released his second LP, Skin. Launching with the blockbuster hit Never Be Like You feat. Kai, the album reinforced Flume’s status as an inventive, boundary pushing producer while simultaneously reaching huge new audiences around the world. That year, in addition to becoming an A-list BBC Radio 1 artist, Flume sold over 300,000 tickets globally across a sold out 59 date world tour. He achieved platinum and gold accreditation in multiple territories around the world and took home his first Grammy Award for Best/Dance Electronic Album.

We're thrilled to welcome Flume back to London for his first show in the city since his triumphant sold out show at Ally Pally back in 2017.

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday 19 June from 10am. Sign up to Flume's mailing list for access.

Flume

12 Nov 2019

+ special guests

O2 Academy Brixton

211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton
London
SW9 9SL

7pm

£32.50

SOLD OUT

BILL RYDER-JONES

Bill will play a second London show on the Yawny Yawn tour due to huge demand. Get tickets now.

BROOKE BENTHAM

Having spent most of her younger years up North, Bentham channels a maturity and life ethic that's wise beyond her age, a result of having partially raised herself. Her parents worked away from home a lot (her dad is an engineer, her mum a primary school teacher), so it was often up to Bentham and her three older brothers to fend for themselves. “I think it made me grow up a lot faster than I would have,” she says. Lending an air of fate too, the experience of being brought closer to elder siblings switched her onto their musical obsessions. The likes of French electro duo Justice and Ed Banger artist Uffie haven't exactly informed Bentham's own oeuvre, but being exposed to those sounds early on made her acutely aware of a world outside of commercial pop music. She picked up a guitar early, even attempted banjo at one stage, and started taking singing lessons at the age of 15. That's when her teacher encouraged her to start writing songs and gigging at nearby pubs and open mic nights.

“I was writing a lot of Paolo Nutini inspired cheesy acoustic stuff,” she laughs, embarrassed now. At the time, most females with an acoustic guitar were singing similar tunes, it was the norm but it was also a means to an end. “Everything I wrote I hated. It was so frustrating trying to find one distinguished sound I could have as my own. But I just kept doing it, kept writing.” A huge fan at the time of Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Morby and Bon Iver, she continued to mine her own creative voice to try and develop something similarly ground-breaking. Eventually her first taste of success – a song called 'Oliver' – was a turn in the road. That tune brought her the sonic direction she was working towards. Her first proper show was at local legendary rock venue The Cluny back in Newcastle. By chance, the sound guy that night also did sound for successful performer James Bay and a connection sparked with Communion, the label part-owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. She played a showcase evening for them as soon as she moved to London, where she's lived now for three years.

Bill Ryder-Jones / Brooke Bentham

03 Oct 2019

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8DD7

7.30pm

£15

CHASTITY BELT

A few years ago, while in a tour van somewhere in Idaho, the members of Chastity Belt—Julia Shapiro, Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, and Annie Truscott—opted to pass the time in a relatively unusual fashion: They collectively paid one another compliments, in great and thoughtful detail. This is what we like best about you, this is why we love you. 

I think of that image all the time, the four of them opening themselves up like that, by choice. It’s hard to imagine other bands doing the same. But beyond their troublesome social media presence—see: the abundance of weapons-grade duck face, the rolling suitcase art—and beyond the moonlit deadpan of say, “IDC,” lies, at the very least, an honesty and an intimacy and an emotional brilliance that galvanizes everything they do together. Which is a fancy way of saying: They’re funny, but they’re also capable of being vulnerable. “Giant Vagina” and “Pussy Weed Beer,” two highlights from their aptly titled 2013 debut, No Regerts, were immediately preceded by a sublime yet easily overlooked cut named “Happiness.” I saw a younger, still unsettling version of myself all across 2015’s Time to Go Home. 

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, their third and finest full-length to date, was recorded live in July of 2016, with producer Matthew Simms (Wire) at Jackpot! in Portland, Oregon (birthplace of some of their favorite Elliott Smith records.) It’s a dark and uncommonly beautiful set of moody post-punk that finds the Seattle outfit’s feelings in full view, unobscured by humor. There is no irony in its title: Before she had Chastity Belt, and the close relationships that she does now, Shapiro considered herself a career loner. That’s no small gesture. I can make as much sense of this music as I can my 20s: This is a brave and often exhilarating tangle of mixed feelings and haunting melodies that connects dizzying anguish (“This Time of Night”) to shimmering insight (“Different Now”) to gauzy ambiguity (“Stuck,” written and sung by Grimm). It’s a serious record but not a serious departure, defined best, perhaps, by a line that Shapiro shares early on its staggering title track: “I wanna be sincere.” 

When asked, their only request was that what you’re reading right now be brief, honest, free of hyperbole, and “v chill.” When pressed for more, Truscott said, “Just say that we love each other. Because we do.”

This is who they are, this is why I love them.

- David Bevan

GANG

"Gang at the Windmill, Brixton, now as a four piece, with a younger sister on guitar and singing! A half hour set, one piece of music. But not prog, as they were hinting. They have definite musical ideas, sometimes absurd ones, which become better as they stick to them. The more absurd the better. They have a free way with performance too: they know the absurdity of rock routines and develop a way of being together through them and out the other side into laughter and the scary space of whatever comes after rock-ism. The singing swaps back and forth between one brother drumming at the back and one on guitar at the front -- which means the uncertain mood is shared out as a general problem, socialised -- it's not just ye olde young man angst. Joe on the bass leaps about like a big kid, he is the one with his shirt off and a surplus of energy. They are a band, they need each other's difference and physicality.  I really liked the strangeness of Gang's first album, and I like what they are doing now even more."

“Gang are three friendly goofballs creating the most horrifyingly heavy sound coming out of this nation’s musical underbelly.” CLASH

"Gang conjure the sound of a descending smoke cloud: intoxicating, sinister and ominous…” Best Fit

“Pitting the shade of grunge with the rainbow adventure of psychedelia, Gang are simply beautiful” DIY

Chastity Belt / Gang

24 Oct 2019

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£13.50

DEEPER

“The Chicago quartet’s debut is well-oiled and worn-in indie rock, played with the precision and confidence typically expected from a band much further along in its career.” – Pitchfork

Deeper’s Origins date back to 2014 when prior to releasing any material an abrupt line-up change left the Chicago based band looking for a new direction. Singer and guitarist Nic Gohl along with childhood friend, guitarist Mike Clawson and drummer Shiraz Bhatti threw out all of their old songs and brought on bassist Drew McBride to round out the lineup. The subsequent demos leaned on intricate guitar interplay, direct “of the times” vocals and a spirit that speaks to the band’s collective place in this pit of endless internet.

Deeper honed their sound over the course of 2015 & 16’ in basements, lofts, and anywhere that would have them. Touring the demos and landing at a fully realized inflection point. Call it Post-Punk, call it Indie Rock, it’s a record that steps in and out of boxes filtered through an unmistakable midwestern lens.

As social norms and political ideologies distort, writing and creating art was the only way to control the growing voice in the band’s collective head. The conceptualizing of the album started and stopped over that two year time warp culminating in a few feverish tracking sessions in late 2017. What was left is a stark shimmering portrait of a modern American experience.

MALADY

London group, Malady have been gigging around the capital and teaming up with friends for shows over the last 6 months. The four piece have now released a live video for their track ‘Famous Last Words’ to give people something to sing along to.

It’s early days for Malady, a group who openly express that they’re still honing their craft as they go. With this in mind, the band have taken a step forwards with a relatively non committal release which serves a something for future fans to go back to when they return from a show.

Despite the video’s setting within a church, ‘Famous Last Words’ gives an insight into the bands negative feeling towards childhood church life and religion. Malady elaborate on that “Obviously, being alive is a fairly anxiety inducing thing in itself so I can see the need for religion to explain and provide a security blanket for some but…not my cup of tea, thanks”. They do however state that the Father who allowed them access to the church was a “lovely guy”, mind.

Deeper / Malady

19 Oct 2019

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs, London E8 2EB
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

FREE

SARAH KLANG

Sarah Klang is the 26-year-old singer songwriter that hails from Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.  Since 2016 she has been releasing what she describes as pop songs laced with country and Americana influences and is about to release her second album ‘Creamy Blue’ on October 25th 2019.  After making her major breakthrough in 2018 with a series of critically acclaimed singles she went on to release her #1 charting and Swedish Grammy winning album ‘Love In the Milky Way’ later that same year.

Whilst working as a waitress in her father’s bar she made the decision to turn her hand to writing her own songs, using her love and the long history of classic love songs as her starting point.  This resulted in her writing the kind of songs that have charmed Scandinavian and European audiences alike. With her heart meltingly beautiful yet grandiose voice she manages to create the illusion that she’s simultaneously pouring her bleeding heart into the mic whilst trying to claw her way out of the depths of her longing for lost love, leaving the audience wondering about the heartache that lay behind it. With a batch of self-penned songs that showcased a dreamy melancholy she set about playing in a number of underground venues in Gothenburg. From the stage she created an almost vintage soundscape preaching to the audience that although she may have been devastated by the longing for the love of another optimism for the future always wins through.

Following the release of debut album Love In The Milky Way’ Sarah embarked on a sell out tour of Scandinavia which included three straight sold out nights at Stockholm’s Södra Teatern and a triumphant hometown return at the Gothenburg Concert Hall.  A short European tour followed and at the start of 2019 Sarah and her band accompanied First Aid Kit on their arena tour. During the tour she showcased new material from her upcoming album, culminating in her performing her biggest headline show to date at Stockholm’s Gröna Lund in May.

October 25th 2019 is the release date for ‘Creamy Blue’, Sarah Klangs second album, once again written and produced in collaboration with Kevin Andersson.  In back up to the release Sarah and her band head back out on a European tour and who knows what awaits after that?

Sarah Klang

03 Dec 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

NITZER EBB

The group released their demo, Basic Pain Procedure in 1983, but it was two years until they met PWL producer Phil Harding, who produced their 1985 debut single "Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works?" and helped them set up their own label, Power Of Voice Communications. The band at the time was inspired by the post-punk scene and specifically acts like "Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke and Bauhaus who were having a big influence on us, in some ways stylistically but also in the energy that they gave".

They released three more singles on their own label, "Warsaw Ghetto" (1985), "Warsaw Ghetto Remixes" (1986) and "Let Your Body Learn" (1986), before signing to Mute Records in 1986. The singles "Murderous" (1986) and "Let Your Body Learn" (1987) followed, building their reputation in the Industrial Rock, Electronic Body Music and Hard Beat scenes, as well as making inroads into the developing Chicago House scene.

"Join In The Chant" (1987) became part of the Balearic beat scene that influenced the UK acid house scene.

Nitzer Ebb

24 Nov 2019

+ special guests 

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln, Hackney, London EC2A 3PQ
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£23.50

SOLD OUT

JULIEN BAKER

With Turn Out The Lights, the now 21-year-old Baker returns to a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments —when herchiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings —Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album explores how people live and come to terms with their internal conflict, and the alternately shattering and redemptive ways these struggles playout in relationships. Baker casts an unflinching and accepting eye on the duality of –and contradictions in –the human experience, at times evenfinding humor and joy in the midst of suffering. She ultimately calls on herlisteners to move beyond “good” and “bad,” or “happy” and “sad,” to embrace more complex truths.

The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire). This evolution fromSprained Ankle’sintentionally spareproduction allowed greater scope and freedom for Baker,who is still the album’s sole writer and producer. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and Baker takes topiano rather than guitar on several tracks. In songs like the epic “Claws In Your Back,” these new textures push Baker’s work to cinematic heights of intensity.

Julien Baker

08 Jun 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington, London N1 9JB
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

11

SOLD OUT

BILL RYDER-JONES

Bill Ryder-Jones will play an intimate show at the stunning St Matthias to celebrate the release of his new piano led album, Yawny Yawn.

BROOKE BENTHAM

Having spent most of her younger years up North, Bentham channels a maturity and life ethic that's wise beyond her age, a result of having partially raised herself. Her parents worked away from home a lot (her dad is an engineer, her mum a primary school teacher), so it was often up to Bentham and her three older brothers to fend for themselves. “I think it made me grow up a lot faster than I would have,” she says. Lending an air of fate too, the experience of being brought closer to elder siblings switched her onto their musical obsessions. The likes of French electro duo Justice and Ed Banger artist Uffie haven't exactly informed Bentham's own oeuvre, but being exposed to those sounds early on made her acutely aware of a world outside of commercial pop music. She picked up a guitar early, even attempted banjo at one stage, and started taking singing lessons at the age of 15. That's when her teacher encouraged her to start writing songs and gigging at nearby pubs and open mic nights.

“I was writing a lot of Paolo Nutini inspired cheesy acoustic stuff,” she laughs, embarrassed now. At the time, most females with an acoustic guitar were singing similar tunes, it was the norm but it was also a means to an end. “Everything I wrote I hated. It was so frustrating trying to find one distinguished sound I could have as my own. But I just kept doing it, kept writing.” A huge fan at the time of Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Morby and Bon Iver, she continued to mine her own creative voice to try and develop something similarly ground-breaking. Eventually her first taste of success – a song called 'Oliver' – was a turn in the road. That tune brought her the sonic direction she was working towards. Her first proper show was at local legendary rock venue The Cluny back in Newcastle. By chance, the sound guy that night also did sound for successful performer James Bay and a connection sparked with Communion, the label part-owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. She played a showcase evening for them as soon as she moved to London, where she's lived now for three years.

Bill Ryder-Jones / Brooke Bentham

02 Oct 2019

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Rd, Stoke Newington
Lonndon
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£15

KOKOKO!

A wind of change is blowing over the cultural landscape of Kinshasa. An amazing alternative scene is thriving far for the occidental fantasies of “world music”... It is explosive and vibrant.

These sounds are emanating from the ghetto and downtown clubs of the Congolese capital in between the government-imposed power cuts. The artists actually bring something alive in the chaos of the 3rd biggest african city. They have strong new ideas with DIY constructed instruments and a powerful and unique drive. This movement is more expressive, lively, spontaneous and direct compared to most big cities’ scenes, like London, Berlin etc... It’s raw, free and open creatively more like NYC in the 70s and 80s or Berlin in the 90s if it has to be compared to artistic movements. It’s inventing everything from nothing and it’s happening now and you can experience it through the recordings, the videos and KOKOKO!‘s incredible live shows.

KOKOKO!

28 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St, Farringdon
London
EC1M 6HJ

7.30pm

£14.50

CHAI

When you think of all things Pink, a sound that fuses the likings of Basement Jaxx, the Gorillaz, CSS, and Tom Tom Club, with lyrics focused on “women empowerment” and re-defining the definition of “kawaii” or cute in Japanese, you think of CHAI.

Formed in 2012, in the Nagoya region of Japan, identical twins Mana (voc/keys) and Kana (gt./cho.) would ask fellow high school classmate, Yuna (dr./cho.), and later Yuki (ba./cho.), a college acquaintance, to join what we now know as CHAI. Both independent releases, “Hottaraka Series” which translates to “irresponsible series”, was the title of CHAI’s 1st EP released in December of 2016, soon followed by “Homegoro Series”, their 2nd EP, released in April of the following year.

Chai

28 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln, Hackney
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£14

THE RAINCOATS

In 1979, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be—an act of raw expression, not any one sound. Their anarchy was poetic. 

The group’s debut album ‘The Raincoats’, which Kurt Cobain called “wonderfully classic scripture”, was released 40 years ago by Rough Trade Records at its radical beginnings, setting a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY context. We're thrilled to welcome the band to London to celebrate 4 decades of this incredible record.

The Raincoats have offered creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists such as John Lydon, Kim Gordon, Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, Bikini Kill, Priests, Angel Olsen...

The Raincoats

10 Nov 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£20

RADICAL FACE

"Hello, Hope, it's been a while," go the opening lines of "Dead Ends", the centerpiece of Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face. Over the eight years he put into the three-part The Family Tree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) -- he'd grasped onto ideas and perceptions that left him hopelessly drained, creatively and emotionally. Speaking with a professional finally enabled him to let go, something he's honored by naming his new effort Therapy.

With The Family Tree, Cooper sought  to confront his difficult upbringing in Florida by forming a fictional genealogy paired with stirring folk arrangements. Intense family drama near the end of the process pushed The Leaves to take on a far more personal tone, as Cooper felt "dishonest… putting it into a separate avatar." That only made the songs increasingly more difficult to perform, however, which coupled with the artistic exhaustion of pairing music with his grand concept made him pine for palliation.

In an attempt to test himself and move on from the compositional confines of that trilogy, Cooper undertook a number of different projects. There was his Missing Film instrumental album, a score he released for filmmakers to use for free, and his Covers, Vol. 1 EP, in which he only sang songs by female artists. Adding to the challenge was his relocation to California; moving away from his studio in Florida forced him to relearn how to record in an apartment with minimal tools.

But Cooper as says, "If you wait for ideal conditions, you'll never get anything done." Singing the songs of Lana Del Rey and Cyndi Lauper reconnected him to traditional structures, while watching the Boom Boom Room performances on Twin Peaks: The Return and revisiting Talking Heads inspired him to seek richer, vaster orchestrations. His desire to leave the acoustic leanings of his past works behind and return to verse-chorus framework became the drive for the sonic shifts on Therapy.

JON BRYANT

We look for connection everywhere.

It’s why we’re on our smartphones constantly. It’s why we listen to music. It’s why we go to church. It’s why we get married. It’s why we wake up in the morning. No matter how civilized we become, there’s an innate inclination towards tribalism. That yearning won’t be pacified until it’s satiated or satisfied by the embrace of a tribe either.

Halifax-born and Vancouver-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant explores the conundrum of connection on his full-length debut for Nettwerk, Cult Classic.

“Over the past few years I’ve really become a skeptic. Thanks to social media, politics, religion and news media, etc.,” he explains. “Many songs on the album reflect that skepticism and emphasize the ways I’ve evolved as both a writer and person; spiritually, mentally and emotionally.”

Radical Face / Jon Bryant

28 Nov 2019

Gorilla

54-56 Whitworth St
Manchester
M1 5WW

7pm

£15

RADICAL FACE

"Hello, Hope, it's been a while," go the opening lines of "Dead Ends", the centerpiece of Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face. Over the eight years he put into the three-part The Family Tree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) -- he'd grasped onto ideas and perceptions that left him hopelessly drained, creatively and emotionally. Speaking with a professional finally enabled him to let go, something he's honored by naming his new effort Therapy.

With The Family Tree, Cooper sought  to confront his difficult upbringing in Florida by forming a fictional genealogy paired with stirring folk arrangements. Intense family drama near the end of the process pushed The Leaves to take on a far more personal tone, as Cooper felt "dishonest… putting it into a separate avatar." That only made the songs increasingly more difficult to perform, however, which coupled with the artistic exhaustion of pairing music with his grand concept made him pine for palliation.

In an attempt to test himself and move on from the compositional confines of that trilogy, Cooper undertook a number of different projects. There was his Missing Film instrumental album, a score he released for filmmakers to use for free, and his Covers, Vol. 1 EP, in which he only sang songs by female artists. Adding to the challenge was his relocation to California; moving away from his studio in Florida forced him to relearn how to record in an apartment with minimal tools.

But Cooper as says, "If you wait for ideal conditions, you'll never get anything done." Singing the songs of Lana Del Rey and Cyndi Lauper reconnected him to traditional structures, while watching the Boom Boom Room performances on Twin Peaks: The Return and revisiting Talking Heads inspired him to seek richer, vaster orchestrations. His desire to leave the acoustic leanings of his past works behind and return to verse-chorus framework became the drive for the sonic shifts on Therapy.

JON BRYANT

We look for connection everywhere.

It’s why we’re on our smartphones constantly. It’s why we listen to music. It’s why we go to church. It’s why we get married. It’s why we wake up in the morning. No matter how civilized we become, there’s an innate inclination towards tribalism. That yearning won’t be pacified until it’s satiated or satisfied by the embrace of a tribe either.

Halifax-born and Vancouver-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant explores the conundrum of connection on his full-length debut for Nettwerk, Cult Classic.

“Over the past few years I’ve really become a skeptic. Thanks to social media, politics, religion and news media, etc.,” he explains. “Many songs on the album reflect that skepticism and emphasize the ways I’ve evolved as both a writer and person; spiritually, mentally and emotionally.”

Radical Face / Jon Bryant

26 Nov 2019

Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7pm

£18

SOLD OUT

MARIKA HACKMAN

Marika Hackman is back with a new record, Any Human Friend, and we're thrilled to announce she'll headline Islington Assembly Hall this September! 

ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND

Originally from Wrexham North Wales, Polly is now based in Margate's creative community after spending 5 years in the London music scene with fronting a shoegaze band. Art School Girlfriend is the next chapter in the musical tapestry of Polly's life - exploring themes of lust, queer identity, infatuation and disillusionment.

Margate's coastline has provided a dramatic and apt backdrop for the upcoming debut EP, reflected in not only her uniquely intoxicating sound, but also the artwork and aesthetic. With everything written and produced by Polly in her studio space (which is nestled alongside Gabriel Stebbing, Ghost Culture et al) finishing touches were added at Epworth's infamous Church Studios. Raised on the music of The Velvet Underground, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Patti Smith, Art School Girlfriend's music is atmospheric and stark in equal measure, a perfect balance of calm and chaos.

'Measure's EP will have a limited run of 300 vinyl (with hand finished artwork) and a live show for the launch at The Nines in Peckham on Wednesday 27th Sept.

Marika Hackman / Art School Girlfriend

26 Sep 2019

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£16

MISS JUNE

Miss June is what happens when angst matures. Raised in the embers of punk rock, Miss June harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of frontperson Annabel Liddell, unafraid, unapologetic and ready to wake up the music scene.

Described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre” the NZ four piece, completed by the music school alumni recruited by Liddell – guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett – has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows.

HAZE

Birthed out of the boredom of rural village life in Buckinghamshire, Haze now reside in Bristol and make urgent, dissonant music, described as a ‘special brand of ramshackle post-punk that’s raucous and dripping with irony’ by So Young Magazine.

Earlier this month Haze released ‘Piochitas’, the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2018 single ‘St John’. It’s a heavy, bass-driven track with acerbic lyrics inspired by Trotsky and his time in Mexico with Frida Kahlo; another step forward from this uncompromising and socially-concious Bristol-based four-piece. The band have set themselves up to have a breakthrough year in 2019 having already played a capacity show at DIY’s ‘Hello 2019’ showcase and with tour dates and a performance at The Great Escape ahead.

THE CARESS

The Caress are an alternative five-piece based in South East London, creating their own brand of melodrama, inspired by Scott Walker and Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Having worked with Eddie Al-Shakarchi (Boy Azooga ‘1,2, Kung Fu’) on a new collection of tracks, they released ‘Bruiser’ in January with support from 6 Music and BBC Introducing. Their latest offering, 'Oh God (I'm Lonesome)', was self-released in March.

Miss June / Haze / The Caress

12 Jun 2019

Brixton Windmill

22 Blenheim Gardens
London
SW2 5BZ

7.30pm

£5

CHARLY BLISS

Though Charly Bliss has been a band for over half a decade, the path that led to their first full-length record, Guppy, has been anything but straightforward. As the story goes, the band officially started when frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox, both just 15, crossed paths at a Tokyo Police Club show in New York City, but the ties within the band go much deeper than that. “It’s kind of insane and hilarious,” says Eva, “Sam is my older brother, so obviously we’ve known each other our whole lives, but all of us have been connected to each other since we were little kids. Dan Shure and I dated when we were in our early teens and he and Spencer went to summer camp together. Dan and I broke up years ago, but eventually he’d become our bass player. The reason we all get along so well has to do with the fact we share this ridiculous history. We are all deeply embedded in each other’s lives.”

The ten tracks that make up Guppy, Charly Bliss’ sparkling full-length debut, show the band embracing all of their strengths—a combination of ripping guitars and irrepressible pop hooks, all delivered with the hyper-enthusiasm of a middle school cafeteria food fight. That every track is loaded front-to-back with sing/shout-worthy lyrics and earworm melodies is a testament to the band’s commitment to the art form of pop songwriting.

BARRIE

Inclusivity is at the heart of Barrie, the Brooklyn five-piece made of Barrie Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Sabine Holler and Noah Prebish. And on their debut LP Happy To Be Here, their multidimensional take on classic pop sounds awake and present, like a group that’s daydreaming but firmly there with one another. Lindsay largely wrote these songs late into the night, alone in her apartment, and her voice feels appropriately full of possibility throughout.

Barrie, the band, is primarily her project; on the record, which she co-produced with Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear), Lindsay plays guitar, piano, synth and bass. But still, Barrie is distinctly not a solo project, and Happy To Be Here—out May 3, 2019 via Winspear—is very much a full band record. Dominic’s drums fill the entire album, while Noah added synths and Spurge sang on nearly every track; the three also contributed production. And Sabine, though stuck in Germany with visa issues, remotely recorded vocals.

Charly Bliss / Barrie

06 Nov 2019

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£13.50

FAR CASPIAN

Far Caspian’s lo-fi foundations were built in producer and frontman Joel Johnston’s university halls, later joined by fellow band members Jof Cabedo (drums and vocals) and Alessio Scozarro (bass and vocals). Since getting noticed by blogs early on, the Leeds dream-pop outfit have been tipped as “one of the North’s best emerging indie bands of the year” by The Line of Best Fit, with live audiences responding just as positively on the band’s first tour with a number of sold out shows and appearances at tastemasker festivals such as Live at Leeds and Hit The North. 

With tracks from their debut EP ‘Between Days’ and new hazy pop singles ‘A Dream of You’ and ‘Conversations’ receiving support from Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio X as well as picking up millions of streams across Spotify and Youtube, Far Caspian continue to make waves with their distinctively dreamy yet mellow guitar tunes. 
 
“Far Caspian bridge the gap between airy indie-pop proclivities and the innermost threads of undiluted indie rock…their sonic tone is definite, landing somewhere between the styles of tranquil shoegaze and warm dream pop.” The 405

“Far Caspian look set to blossom into something special.” Clash Music

“A hazy indie bop that’s far more chill than the subject matter would suggest.” Dork

BREATHE PANEL

Signed to FatCat Records (C Duncan, TRAAMS, Sigur Rós) and now based in London and Brighton, Breathe Panel released their debut album on July 13th 2018. Recorded with Hookworms frontman and production wizard MJ at his Suburban Home Studio in Leeds, the band have drawn upon musical influences including Chris Cohen, Real Estate and Deerhunter.

Meeting at University, Josh Tyler, Nick Green and Benjamin Reeves sprung out of a vibrant scene of musicians playing and gigging together. Between writing in a shared house basement and taking long walks on the South Downs, Breathe Panel have crafted their own sound based around the intuitive songwriting partnership of Josh and Nick.

Recalling thoughtful days spent outdoors, Nick's vocals wash across bright, shimmering guitars and intricate drum patterns to create something beautifully expansive yet highly introspective. They combine writing about topics including anxiety, colours, people, memories and the cure of nature with capturing a sound that makes them feel good.

THE CARESS

The Caress are an alternative five-piece based in South London, creating their own brand of melodrama, inspired by Scott Walker and Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Having worked with Eddie Al-Shakarchi (Boy Azooga ‘1,2, Kung Fu’) on a new collection of tracks, they released ‘Bruiser’ in January 2019 with support from 6 Music and BBC Introducing, followed by stand alone single 'Oh God (I'm Lonesome)' in March.

Far Caspian / Breathe Panel / The Caress

09 Oct 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

SOLD OUT

MELT YOURSELF DOWN

Evangelical hawkers of DNA-rearranging post-punk exotica Melt Yourself Down play an intimate show at The Lexington this summer!

MADMADMAD

MADMADMAD began with the release of their bonkers jam “Mouse Rock/La Cigale”, a 7” single. The three French musicians first met in a studio in Tottenham (North London), and started jamming and recording several tracks filled with excitable rhythm.

Following their sold out, self-released white label EP ‘PAX’ in September 2017, and radio plays by the likes of Erol Alkan and Gilles Peterson, they’ve recently signed to in uential publisher J.I.M./Ninja Tune and released their first full length album in 2019.

MADMADMAD is a DIY studio album blending cold disco, early 2000’s electro, Krautrock and New York Noise using a combination of live and electronic instruments. Their live party set is utterly mad, loopy, and alien and after a storming live show at the Transmusicales in front of 3,000 people, they’re now hitting the road.

Melt Yourself Down / Mad Mad Mad

17 Jul 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£12.50

CRUMB

Crumb is the collaboration of Brooklyn-based musicians Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, keys, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), and Jonathan Gilad (drums). The friends came together in 2016 with the goal of developing and recording a collection of songs Ramani had written in high school and college, the work ultimately resulting in the band’s first two EPs, 2016’s “Crumb” and 2017’s “Locket.” Encouraged by the warm reception online and at shows, the band evolved into a full time touring and recording project.In June 2019, Crumb will release Jinx, their first full-length album and best distillation to date of their singular blend of psych-rock and jazz. On Jinx, Ramani continues to helm the songwriting, with Aronow, Brotter, and Gilad each bringing distinctive ideas to match her ethereal, intimate vocals and luminous guitar lines. Informed by two years of nearly non-stop touring, the songs sweep and swell to capture the beguiling live spirit of Crumb shows, while taking listeners one step furtherdown the band’s dizzying, hypnotic path.

*This show was rescheduled from 4 September. All original tickets remain valid for the new date*

Crumb

04 Dec 2019

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£12.50

XYLOURIS WHITE

Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as the drummer of Dirty Three, Venom P Stinger and now Xylouris White. For the last four years these two men have been performing as Xylouris White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place.

LATE KING DAISY

Late King Daisy is the new project from Artur Dyjecinski. In the years since his last release “The Valley of Yesiree”, Dyjecinski has been focused on creating his new project, stockpiling songs and developing his craft for an album (hopefully) to be released in 2019. In a sense, over time, the songs have come to take on an identity of their own, Dyjecinski explains. “I feel it deserves it’s own identity moving forward. The name feels like ‘me’ rather than a character that I inhabit, yet allows for an important separation and development."

Line of Best Fit – December 2018

Xylouris White / Late King Daisy

02 Jul 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£15

SOLD OUT

WILLIAM TYLER

William Tyler returns to London to play an intimate show at Cafe OTO following his sold out show at St John on Bethnal Green. 

Some words from M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger:

William Tyler’s new record, Goes West, is the best music that he’s ever made. I’m sure of this because I know and love all of his music intimately, and this album moves me the most, and the most consistently. The first time I heard it was in the late spring in the Texas Hill Country, rolling between limestone and scrub. I was on a cleanse then—no alcohol, no drugs, no evil thoughts—and was astonished at the emotional clarity that the album held. It offered up a model for what I wanted my head to feel like. Goes West marks a sort of narrowing of focus for William’s music; it sounds as though he found a way to point himself directly towards the rich and bittersweet emotional center of his music without being distracted by side trips. Perhaps this is down to the fact that William only plays acoustic guitar on the album, a clear and conscious decision considering that he is one of Nashville’s great electric guitarists. The band that performs Goes West alongside William—including guitarists Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell, bassist and producer Brad Cook, keyboardist James Wallace, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, and engineer Tucker Martine—is the best and most sympathetic group of players that William could have assembled to play these songs.

HEATHER WOODS BRODERICK

Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that’s enduring both for it’s intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped.

As a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Heather has had the opportunity to record and tour with plenty of incredible artists including Horse Feathers, Efterklang, Sharon Van Etten, and Lisa Hannigan, which has kept her moving house and traveling around the world for much of the past decade. She currently lives on the coast of Oregon, but it’s easy to imagine how her peripatetic lifestyle might diminish her sense of a place to call home, while also strengthening her resilience, and her connection to the reassuring constants in her life. As she explains “Living in so many different places has made me able to feel pretty comfortable everywhere.” Her uncommon sense of ease and grace, despite her hectic life, stems in part from her deeply rooted and intertwined musical and familial background.

William Tyler / Heather Woods Broderick

25 Aug 2019

Cafe OTO

The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
London
E8 3DL

7.30pm

£15

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

The Mystery Lights story begins in 2004 in the small town of Salinas California when friends Michael Brandon and Luis Alfonso – whose shared fondness for groups like The Mc5, Velvet Underground, Dead Moon, and The Fall (just to name a few) – decided to join forces and craft their own brand of unhinged rock and roll. From there they spent the better part of 10 years touring relentlessly before migrating to Queens New York in 2014.
With a live show known for its raw, visceral energy and relentless assault – leaving little to no stoppage between songs – they barreled through countless NYC haunts and DIY venues, quickly amassing a fervent local following. The buzz soon caught the attention of Daptone Records execs who were in the beginning stages of launching a new rock-centric imprint, Wick Records.

Impressed by the groups’ musicianship, groove, endless supply of energy, and understanding of musical history the Mystery Lights were quickly signed to Wick. Though a rock band at heart, the parallels to what Daptone Records had traditionally looked for in their Soul artists was undeniable. Soon sessions were booked with Producer/Engineer Wayne Gordon, and the release of their debut single “Too Many Girls” b/w “Too Tough to Bear” launched to mass critical fanfare.

Upon the release of their self-titled full-length on June 24th 2016 The Mystery Lights were quickly crowned “one of New York’s finest garage rock bands” by NME. Extensive touring, including multiple stops in Europe, Asia and Australia followed which found the group graduating from support slots at hole-in-the-wall clubs to headlining stages at major festivals worldwide.

After two years of break-neck, non-stop touring, the group settled back into Queens to prepare for their second full- length record, “ Too Much Tension” (out May 2019). With Wayne Gordon in the producer’s chair and several intense writing sessions under their belt the group were back at Daptone’s House of Soul and ready to track. While keeping the hard-hitting approach of the first LP, “TMT” finds the group digging deeper into their well of eclectic influences, enriching their sound while echoing the past. Mixing the eerie, insistent synth sounds of groups like The Normal and Suicide, the energy and swagger of punk’s golden age, the pop sensibility of The Kinks, and the stark, deliberate execution of Television – The Mystery Lights are taking their idiosyncratic brand of rock and roll to dizzying new heights.

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