Thaiboy Digital | RFB ECCO2K | RFB Yumi Zouma | RFB Ellis | RFB Pompeya | RFB Spacey Jane | RFB Spacey Jane | RFB Sarah Klang | RFB Thaiboy Digital | RFB Julia Bardo | RFB Westerman | RFB Anna Burch | RFB Born Ruffians | RFB Pyjaen | RFB U.S. Girls | RFB OM / Pharaoh Overlord | RFB Melt Yourself Down | RFB Lucas Santtana | RFB Junior Brother | RFB Bonjour January: Dream Wife | RFB Bonjour January: Rhumba Club | RFB Bonjour January: Lucy Lu / Tracy Sada / Kyanos | RFB Altin Gun | RFB Dana Gavanski | RFB Tony Njoku / Glows DJ | RFB Happyness | RFB Pottery / DJ Lactose Intolerant | RFB Twen | RFB Swans / Norman Westberg | RFB Far Caspian | RFB Ollie Wride / NINA | RFB Henry Green | RFB Henry Green | RFB Henry Green | RFB Henry Green | RFB Konradsen | RFB Klein / Mark Leckey | RFB Soccer Mommy | RFB Boniface | RFB Honey Harper | RFB Colossal Squid / Slugabed | RFB Lonnie Holley | RFB Sega Bodega / Lucinda Chua | RFB Lauran Hibberd | RFB Stonefield / Sleep Eaters | RFB Purple Pilgrims / Sofia Wolfson | RFB Louis Cole Big Band / Genevieve Artadi | RFB Squirrel Flower / Hailaker | RFB Pharmakon | RFB WIRE | RFB The Orielles | RFB Strawberry Guy / L.A. Peach | RFB Peggy Sue | RFB Mayra Andrade | RFB Devon Welsh | RFB Swans / Norman Westberg | RFB Swans / Norman Westberg | RFB Polica / Warm Digits | RFB M.T Hadley | RFB M.T Hadley | RFB Gengahr / Fake Laugh / Bessie Turner | RFB Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band | RFB Slaughter Beach, Dog | RFB Crumb / Deep Tan | RFB Los Campesinos! | RFB Los Campesinos! | RFB Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach / Baba Ali | RFB Starcrawler / Pretty Sick / Glossii | RFB Oshun / Dope Saint Jude | RFB Harvey Causon / Tracy Sada | RFB Giant Swan / Ossia / Dis Fig | RFB Your Smith | RFB Toy present hollowed out | RFB Deep Deep Water / Yehan Jehan | RFB Yung Sham / John Myrtle | RFB The Low Anthem present Oh My God, Charlie Darwin | RFB Algiers / Esya / Apostille | RFB Marika Hackman | RFB Beverly Glenn-Copeland / LA Timpa | RFB Velvet Negroni / Tony Njoku / Tracy Sada | RFB Battles | RFB Black Mountain / Mass Datura | RFB Broen / Dominic Wolf | RFB Model Man | RFB Miss June / Pretty Sick | RFB Pillow Queens / Heavy Heart | RFB Elena Setién / spiritcake | RFB Transgressive at Reading and Leeds | RFB KLLO | RFB Battles / Colossal Squid / Plaid (DJ) | RFB Alaskalaska / Deep Deep Water | RFB Dana Gavanski / John Myrtle | RFB Beshken / Elsa Hewitt / Taylor Skye (DJ) | RFB Strand Of Oaks | RFB Jackie Mendoza / Bianca Scout | RFB Melt Yourself Down / Kyanos | RFB Julien Chang / Max Bloom | RFB Julien Chang / Honey Mooncie | RFB COUCOU CHLOE / Joey Labeija / Oklou (DJ) | RFB

PETRIE

Few artists can thank a petty scrap outside a club for the creative spark for their music, but for Petrie - it might have been divine intervention. The alt-pop duo, comprised of George and Better Laurence were working on their first bit of music in Laurie’s garage in the summer of 2015 - the tune was there, but the lyrics were still some way off. “We went to go pick up some friends of ours at a club in Brighton” vocalist George explains and that soon after a fight broke out, with the pair trying to protect their friends. Nothing too serious, thankfully, but that incident inadvertently sparked a brainwave when they got back to the studio. “Lyrically, our stuff is very much based on that event. So that was the start of Petrie really, and all it took was a stiletto around the head!”

By that event, they don’t mean fighting - but club culture in general. Something that they frequently talk about in their songs - including on ‘Slurs’, a slice of whomping electronica with subtle lyrical observations on male aggression and entitlement in clubs. “Some of it is a little snark at club culture” Better Laurence one half of the duo explains. “We do go to these places, but we come out feeling like an observer. We’re writing club music from a completely different sense.”

Their beginnings were a long way from the club, though. Both grew up in Hertfordshire, playing in separate local rock bands, but they say the time they had away from making music together built up their friendship and bond. “I’m glad we had that time together not making music, we were just bonding and experiencing the world,” says George, “It was only when we tried writing a song together it was like ‘fuck this is what we should be doing’”.

 

PETRIE

23 Apr 2020

+ Guests

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

42-44 Pollard Row
London
E2 6NB

7.30pm

9

THAIBOY DIGITAL

Born from a blurred phrase first uttered in an intoxicated voicememo sent off to Bladee in late 2017, 'Legendary Member' is what Thaiboy Digital maintains all of his life, every choice and every step, literally every single moment has come down to.

Ever since his infamous and disruptive deportation from Sweden in early 2015, Khon Kaen born and Stockholm raised Thaiboy Digital has inch by inch gotten the better of Bangkok, slowly working his way up from playing dim club shows in the citys frenzied underbelly to a 30th floor penthouse overlooking the ancient temple district of Rat Burana, casually dropping the eurotrance/trap hybrid EP 'S.O.S' and Bladee collaborative album 'AvP' about halfway up.

Steadily connected with the mythical Drain Gang, 'Legendary Member' was recorded in a handful of overheated sessions in Stockholm and London during Thaiboy's VISA regulated visits in the summer of 2018 together with producers GUD, Woesum and Whitearmor, featuring guest appearences from Ecco2k, Bladee and Yung Lean.

Running high on subdued feelings of ecstasy, triumph and glowing hopes of achieving something spectacular, 'Legendary Member' is a compact body of work, pastel coloured and glossy at a glance, gritty and melancholic upon closer inspection - fragile melodies and tones on the verge of decay sprinkled like sparkling dust and carefully stitched together with the oversaturated, dense basslines to create cute, menacing compositions seemingly fading in and out of consciousness.

Throughout the record, Thaiboy Digital is shifting through hypersensitive singing and liquid, cocky raps, his articulation swaying between tender pillow talk and careless semi-threats mimicking the sun and the moon, locked in a constant dance of light and darkness; hope and despair; love and loss.

Thaiboy Digital has come a long way since the critically acclaimed yet sonically rudimentary mixtape 'ส Tiger' in 2014, and with 'Legendary Member' he emerges as a fully fledged artist capable of inviting each and everybody in on a feverish, blissful ride showcasing iridescent fragments of rap musics future.

'Legendary Member' features artwork by Ecco2k, Bladee and Victor Svedberg, and will be released via YEAR0001 through all major streaming platforms on September 26th 2019.

Thaiboy Digital

06 May 2020

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£9.50

ECCO2K

“I am not Ecco2K but Ecco2K is me”

Designer, photographer and director Zak Arogundade has been active within the world of music since the mid 2010’s, using his audiovisual project Ecco2K as a vessel to continuously explore and reinterpret himself, constructing a conceptually unified but expressively sprawled self-portrait. Continuously experimenting and meshing the diverse set of creative disciplines he grew up learning, his practice has grown into something beyond the sum of it ́s parts, specialising in building narratives that span across multiple mediums.

02. ℮
Through non-linear, modular song crafting over a period of roughly 1,5 years, “E” brought Ecco2K halfway around the world to perform, write and record, spawning each part of the definitive expression between points on a fragmented timeline, ultimately making the journey the destination. Essentially, “E” is the sum of Ecco2K ́s journey from early 2018 (with the release of “AAA powerline”) to the final weeks of the decade; an uncompromising set of songs, a carefully arranged chaos bound together by transcendental themes, eccentric rythmic substructures and hyper-melodic, soaring arrangements. Like meeting the gaze of an uncanny reflection, Ecco2K’s debut is equal parts unsparing vulnerability and childlike playfulness, generating a theoretically conflicting (but ultimately embracing) duality made with manic obsession and unconditional love.

ECCO2K

05 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7pm

£12.50

YUMI ZOUMA

Originally formed in New Zealand, the members of ​Yumi Zouma​ are a creative force who now come together from around the globe. Currently based in New York City (Josh Burgess - guitar, vocals), London (Charlie Ryder - guitar, bass, keys), and Christchurch, New Zealand (Christie Simpson - vocals, keys), the band is thrilled to announce they’ve found a common home with Polyvinyl Record Co​.

Alongside today’s signing announcement, the band has released new single “​Right Track / Wrong Man​” which was produced by the band and mixed by Jake Aron (Solange, Grizzly Bear, Snail Mail). Bouncy, disco-infused beats elevate the band’s signature indie pop melodies on the song which meditates on the closure gained by accepting that it’s time to move on. ​“‘Right Track / Wrong Man’ comes from a place of uncertainty – of not knowing if you should stay in the comfort of a slightly unfulfilling relationship, or branch out and make the most of the youth you have left; meet new people, go out more, dance, live,” explains F​ rontwoman Christie Simpson.

“gut-smacking synth-pop”​ ​– ​Pitchfork
“gauzy, globe-trotting indie-pop”​ – ​Stereogum
"This is timeless, hopelessly romantic dream-pop."​ ​–​ ​Gorilla vs Bear
"For all its light atmosphere, Yumi Zouma's pop music is romantically, wistfully dense."​ ​– ​NPR
“These New Zealanders conquered dream-pop via email, and they’ll slay your beach playlist too.” ​– ​FADER

Yumi Zouma

10 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

ELLIS

The full-length debut from Ellis, Born Again takes place in spaces both intimate and vast, ordinary and near-mythic: warm beds and lonely church pews, restless cities and desolate forests and the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Throughout the album, those spaces serve as the backdrop to Ellis’s sharply detailed and sometimes-painful experience of self-discovery, as well as the life-changing transformation echoed in the album’s title.

“I grew up Christian and was quite devoted to faith up through my late teens, but I started challenging that once I got to university,” says Hamilton, Ontario-based singer/songwriter Linnea Siggelkow, who began making music under the name Ellis in 2017. “Since then I’ve been trying to redefine who I am and where I stand and what I think about these things on my own, and that journey very much played into the songwriting on this record.”

Produced by Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear) and recorded partly at Aron’s Brooklyn studio, Born Again arrives as the follow-up to Ellis’s debut EP The Fuzz—a self-released, self-produced effort that promptly led to a deal with Fat Possum Records. In a departure from the viscerally charged dream-pop of The Fuzz, Born Again unfolds with a mesmerizing subtlety, gracefully spotlighting Ellis’s unhurried melodies, starkly confessional lyrics, and the luminous vocal work she’s shown in opening for artists like Soccer Mommy and Alvvays.

On the title track to Born Again, Ellis reveals her rare ability to mine raw intensity from the most understated moments. Lit up in dreamy synth tones and drifting guitar lines, “Born Again” documents her post-adolescent search for identity with a self-awareness that’s uncompromising yet good-humored (sample lyric: “I thought I had found freedom when I moved into the city/I was puking out the window, I was trying to be pretty”). With its shapeshifting textures and gorgeously languid pace, “Embarrassing” offers a layered meditation on regret and responsibility, closing out with a perfectly plainspoken refrain (“Some things should be embarrassing”). And on the sweetly hazy “Fall Apart,” Ellis takes on a heart-crushing vulnerability, laying bare her longtime struggle with anxiety and its impact on her most precious relationships.

Although much of Born Again finds Ellis immersed in rigorous self-examination, the album also channels the pure joy and hard-won triumph of transcendence. To that end, its penultimate track “Saturn Return” emerges as a gloriously sprawling anthem, matching its otherworldly synth with brightly crashing beats. Meanwhile, the song’s lyrics explore the astrological phenomenon of its title, a transitory period Siggelkow recently entered and refers to as “a time to reflect on who you’ve been, to make amends, to let go and move on.”

Embedded with Ellis’s untethered guitar work and elegant piano melodies, Born Again showcases the sophisticated musicality she’s honed since taking up piano at age four (partly due to the influence of her mother, a piano teacher). The summer she was 12, Siggelkow saved up her babysitting money and bought her first guitar, then began writing her own songs a few years later. “Because of my anxiety, the idea of performing was always intimidating, so the songs stayed in my bedroom for a long time,” she notes. Upon moving to Toronto in her early 20s, Siggelkow started playing in local bands, later making her name as a solo performer in the city’s DIY scene, until she eventually adopting the moniker of Ellis (a play on her initials).

For Ellis, the making of her debut album proved to be incredibly demanding. "When the record was finished, I didn’t feel how I had anticipated I would. I thought I was going to be feeling excited and fulfilled and proud of myself, but truthfully, I felt very depleted and drained and emptied out. The more I thought about why that was, the more I realized that I really did give this record all of myself, every last bit." But through that process, she slowly made her way to an unforeseen clarity—an effect she hopes might ultimately transfer onto Born Again’s listeners. “I feel like I’ve found some sort of closure, and a better understanding of all the ways I’ve grown and the things I still have to work on,” says Siggelkow. “I rarely sit down with any specific intention when I’m working on music, but if these songs help people to find some comfort or feel less alone in what they’re going through, then that’s really the greatest takeaway I could ever hope for.”

Ellis

20 May 2020

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

POMPEYA

Pompeya is a Moscow band that creates unabashed Pop and New Wave music inspired by likes of  80's classics from The Cure to Duran Duran. Their debut "Tropical" (2011) and follow up "Foursome" (2012) earned the band significant popularity in their home country, "energetically introducing Moscow’s youth to <..> indie culture" remarked Los Angeles radio station KCRW. The two releases were reissued in 2013 by Mishu, alongside with a remix LP that included edits from Jimmy Edgar, Fred Falke, Psychomagik and others. These releases did well among U.S. college radio stations.

The band released third «Real» LP in 2015 via Mishu, mixed by Brian Mctear (Local Natives, War on Drugs) in Philadelphia and co-produced by Dave Hartely (The War On Drugs) in NYC which been noticed by Stereogum, Entertainment Weekly, Noisey and other outlets. Tobi Lynn - host of LA's Alt 98.7fm mentioned "Real" among her «favourite Top 10 records of 2015»

Followed years the band spent in writing songs that  later became their fourth album "Dreamers" in 2018. Album was completely written and recorded in the USA, produced by musicians themselves and mixed by Jules de Gasperis (Bleached, James Supercave) in Los Angeles. Pompeya went d.i.y. and released the LP without record label - as Pompeya Music.

2019 the band released «Songs From The Videos» LP - the collection of singles 2010 - 2018 that also exists as an Official Music Videos.

Pompeya

07 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

FREE

SPACEY JANE

Fresh out of Freo, Spacey Jane’s trajectory is on the up.

As most bands do, the band came together through friendships and connections. A few jams later, the bond was cemented and their debut gig in Caleb's dad's backyard kicked it all off.

In the year that followed, Spacey Jane went from backyards to bright lights, sharing the stage with the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Alex Lahey, The Jungle Giants, British India, Olympia and The Stems and Charly Bliss, along with festival appearances at Wave Rock Weekender, Gizzfest 2017, Falls Downtown 2018 and WA’s SOTA Festival.

Their debut EP, No Way To Treat An Animal, comprised of six all-killer-no-filler snapshots of honest experiences disguised in ear-wormy accessible tunes.

Spacey Jane

19 May 2020

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

SPACEY JANE

Fresh out of Freo, Spacey Jane’s trajectory is on the up.

As most bands do, the band came together through friendships and connections. A few jams later, the bond was cemented and their debut gig in Caleb's dad's backyard kicked it all off.

In the year that followed, Spacey Jane went from backyards to bright lights, sharing the stage with the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Alex Lahey, The Jungle Giants, British India, Olympia and The Stems and Charly Bliss, along with festival appearances at Wave Rock Weekender, Gizzfest 2017, Falls Downtown 2018 and WA’s SOTA Festival.

Their debut EP, No Way To Treat An Animal, comprised of six all-killer-no-filler snapshots of honest experiences disguised in ear-wormy accessible tunes.

Spacey Jane

06 May 2020

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

SARAH KLANG

Following her sold-out London debut at The Lexington in December 2019 in support of her new album ‘Creamy Blue’, Gothenburg alt-pop artist and self-confessed “saddest girl in Sweden” Sarah Klang returns to London to headline Bush Hall. The follow-up to her chart-topping, Swedish Grammy winning debut ‘Love In The Milky Way’, new LP ‘Creamy Blue’ is out now and available to stream and download here: https://orcd.co/creamyblue. The new record has since been nominated in both the ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Alternative Pop’ categories of the 2020 Swedish Grammys.

Written and produced in collaboration with Kevin Andersson, ‘Creamy Blue’ is a no-holds-barred ode to 21st century relationships that deals in an enthralling, widescreen heartbreak pop delivered with a sugar-coated Scandi charm and healthy dose of self-deprecation. Complete with grandiose string sections, bleeding heart piano, dreamy Americana-tinged guitars and Sarah’s powerful hair-raising vocals, it eals in a sublime reverb- soaked melancholia that’s achingly beautiful yet gloriously infectious and ironically uplifting at times. The album skirts a very fine line between the deadly serious and the self-satirising.

Sarah Klang

18 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd, White City
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

THAIBOY DIGITAL

Born from a blurred phrase first uttered in an intoxicated voicememo sent off to Bladee in late 2017, 'Legendary Member' is what Thaiboy Digital maintains all of his life, every choice and every step, literally every single moment has come down to.

Ever since his infamous and disruptive deportation from Sweden in early 2015, Khon Kaen born and Stockholm raised Thaiboy Digital has inch by inch gotten the better of Bangkok, slowly working his way up from playing dim club shows in the citys frenzied underbelly to a 30th floor penthouse overlooking the ancient temple district of Rat Burana, casually dropping the eurotrance/trap hybrid EP 'S.O.S' and Bladee collaborative album 'AvP' about halfway up.

Steadily connected with the mythical Drain Gang, 'Legendary Member' was recorded in a handful of overheated sessions in Stockholm and London during Thaiboy's VISA regulated visits in the summer of 2018 together with producers GUD, Woesum and Whitearmor, featuring guest appearences from Ecco2k, Bladee and Yung Lean.

Running high on subdued feelings of ecstasy, triumph and glowing hopes of achieving something spectacular, 'Legendary Member' is a compact body of work, pastel coloured and glossy at a glance, gritty and melancholic upon closer inspection - fragile melodies and tones on the verge of decay sprinkled like sparkling dust and carefully stitched together with the oversaturated, dense basslines to create cute, menacing compositions seemingly fading in and out of consciousness.

Throughout the record, Thaiboy Digital is shifting through hypersensitive singing and liquid, cocky raps, his articulation swaying between tender pillow talk and careless semi-threats mimicking the sun and the moon, locked in a constant dance of light and darkness; hope and despair; love and loss.

Thaiboy Digital has come a long way since the critically acclaimed yet sonically rudimentary mixtape 'ส Tiger' in 2014, and with 'Legendary Member' he emerges as a fully fledged artist capable of inviting each and everybody in on a feverish, blissful ride showcasing iridescent fragments of rap musics future.

'Legendary Member' features artwork by Ecco2k, Bladee and Victor Svedberg, and will be released via YEAR0001 through all major streaming platforms on September 26th 2019.

This show was previously scheduled to take place at Pickle Factory. Due to huge demand, the show has been upgraded and will now take place at Studio 9294.

Thaiboy Digital

05 May 2020

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E2 9DU

E9 5LN

£9.50

JULIA BARDO

Fads will come and go but phases blur edges and present limitless possibilities. For singer Julia Bardo, her current Phase marks the evolution of a free spirit, driven by wild ambition. Facing her fears and throwing caution to the wind, Julia’s first EP builds upon her bold strides from Italy to England and presents a personal quest to make music that’s nothing if not entirely authentic.

“It’s like, whilst you walk on your path, you pick up something from the ground and put it in your pocket,” Julia describes of the happenings shaping her latest EP. “As you go further you look in your pockets and see lots of different things. These things make you; you want to pick up more because it is good, and you never want to stop. There’s never enough stuff; you’re rich with experiences you meet on your road.”

Whoever you believed Julia Bardo to be up to now, Phase is your chance to become truly acquainted. Self-taught on guitar, for a time she provided the chugging post-punk as a member of Working Men’s Club; curious beyond her comfort zone, for new paths of sonic discovery. Emerging as a learned musician, Julia’s solo outstepping saw her play live on BBC radio, perform in a museum, and enchant audiences at Manchester Psych Festival, Neighbourhood, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape. And her first-written song became debut single ‘Desire,’ its flickering video playfully teasing at the romance of a bygone era. Yet, Phase marks a defining moment for a forward-facing young artist, with a stark warning; don’t get too comfortable. “Phase is a wave, you know; an evolution. I get inspired and each time I write, it’s an evolution of what I wrote before.”

Julia Bardo

19 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Pinups

1 Tolpuddle St, The Angel
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7.50

WESTERMAN

Westerman has a simple, elegant approach to the wispy, wide-eyed experimental pop he creates. “I see melodies and lyrics as the central sketch of a painting and the production around it kinda like a palette, the colours you surround and fill it with,” the 26-year-old explains, a formula part-inspired by the 1980s synthy former chart hits his mum would play him on early-morning car journeys to school, aged 7. “Bronski Beat, Talking Heads: all those guys had great songs that, if you isolate the melodies, are full of great melodies, dressed up in interesting ways.”

It’s a philosophy that seems to be working for the fast-rising Londoner, likened to Arthur Russell and cult folk innovator John Martyn. Since his debut EP, 2017’s sparse and charismatic ​Call and Response​, his songs have evolved from “material sat quietly on a low-hanging branch of Nick Drake’s family tree” into “stranger, more sublime shapes” full of “starry-eyed piano and glittering synth washes” as Pitchfork recently put it. Noisey, Highsnobiety, Stereogum, Gorilla Vs Bear and SPIN, who called his 2018 single ‘Confirmation’ a “modern sophist-pop miracle”, have also been quick to praise his blend of John Steinbeck-inspired, magical-realist lyrics, whisper-soft melodies and echoes, beats and murmurs courtesy of close collaborator Bullion. “I love playing around in those confines of pop,” he says, “and stretching them at points, seeing how far I can take them.”

Westerman

04 Jun 2020

+ special guests

Hoxton Hall

130 Hoxton St
London
N1 6SH

7.30pm

£15

ANNA BURCH

When Anna Burch introduced herself on her 2018 debut ​Quit The Curse​, it was with a concentrated wash of energetic, serotonin-boosting pop. Jangly guitars, blithe vocal harmonies and an occasional undercurrent of grungy fuzz all converged in seemingly straightforward songs that hid their complexities under sunny hooks. The impact of the songs was immediate and exciting, presenting narratives of confusion and upheaval with melodies so bright it was hard to do anything but smile. Two years later, Burch’s follow up ​If You’re Dreaming​ takes us down a different path than its predecessor, shedding some nervous energy in favor of a deeper exploration of an internal world.

After months on the road in support of ​Quit The Curse​, Burch disappeared for a while. The long stretches of touring had been broken up by only a few weeks off here and there, and a month spent writing in Berlin between European dates. The time she did get to spend at home in Detroit was disrupted by several unexpected housing changes, adding to the transient feelings brought on by constant touring. When things finally stabilized, Burch encamped into a slow, thoughtful and intentional writing process for what would become the second album. Days were spent playing guitar, exploring unconventional chord changes, ruminating on song structures and allowing her subconscious to wander until lyrics materialized. Though about half of the songs were already written, this time was dedicated to taking a closer look at the loose ends of three years of ideas and seeing if there were common threads that held them together.

Anna Burch

13 May 2020

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd, Kingsland
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£11

BORN RUFFIANS

Midland-born, Toronto-based indie rock band Born Ruffians—guitarist/vocalist Luke Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier, and drummer Steve Hamelin—are proof that a group of friends with a tireless work ethic and fierce, grassroots commitment to their labour’s integrity and vision can still go a long, long way. 15 years into their career, the trio isn’t slowing; instead, they’re doubling down on those designations with JUICE, their 6th full-length record. It’s a hyper, earnest, and affecting collection of rock and roll songs, written and polished over a three-year span then sewn together into a cohesive and uniquely enjoyable experience. It’s Born Ruffians as they’ve always been: on their own terms, heads against the wind until their work is done.

"Here’s the thing: you get further as a band when all members embrace the strength of their creative relationship, keeping the external demands and pressures at bay” says Lalonde. “JUICE kind of reflects that as a title. We’re squeezing more out of this bond that we've forged over so many years.”

JUICE, due on April 3, 2020 via Yep Roc Records, embodies the band's longstanding history, exhuming Born Ruffians' early days in Toronto, while dissecting their relationships with that time and the memories they hold. “Was it all the way it seemed? How I wonder what you see/In that wavy haze,” Lalonde belts on the chorus.“ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Lalonde explains with a grin. Those days were marked by equal doses of anxiety and excitement, living hand to mouth in a basement in downtown Toronto. “That anxiety will exist forever, I think,” says Hamelin. “But the more you take your life into your own hands, it alleviates some of that anxiety.”

Born Ruffians

02 Jun 2020

+ special guests

Colours

2-4 Hoxton Square, Hackney
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

PYJAEN

More than a quintet, PYJAEN is the unified expression of the emotions, journeys and influences that comprise its diverse members. Described by Jazz Wise Review as having “a groove propelled with dynamism and formidable technique”, PYJAEN seamlessly melds funk, afro-beat and contemporary sounds with nods to hip-hop and disco, whilst acknowledging the traditional era of 1920s jazz and dance music.

PYJAEN was born when a barista misspelled the name of Ezra Collective’s Dylan Jones on a coffee cup at Brainchild Festival in 2017. From that moment, PYJAEN became an alter ego, giving rise to a new form of limitless expression explored through jazz performance, animation and graphic art.

In their first year, PYJAEN have already firmly cemented themselves on the London jazz circuit, and been picked up by festival and club bookers all over the UK. The group have played sold-out shows at venues including The Jazz Cafe, Pizza Express, Kansas Smitty’s, Hootenanny’s, Spice of Life and the 100 Club, as well playing the infamous Jazzre:freshed residency, and festivals including Brainchild and Wilderness.

PYJAEN have supported acts including drummer and founder of rock-band Cream’s Ginger Baker, and have been played on stations including JAZZ FM, BBC, Worldwide FM, Netil Radio and more. Fresh from their second UK tour, PYJAEN are about to record their debut album which will be released ahead of their European tour in Spring 2019.

The friends, who met at Trinity Laban, aspire to create a culture that others can relate to and feel represented, and to help other young musicians carve out their own space. Self- motivated and driven by a DIY ethos and interdisciplinary approach, PYJAEN believe in building connections, supporting and collaborating with other artists to build communities and create culture in which everyone feels represented.

Coming from diverse backgrounds, but united over a shared aim to connect with each other and their audiences, PYJAEN are burgeoning onto the London jazz scene.

Pyjaen

10 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Bermondsey Social Club

19 Almond Rd, Bermondsey
London
SE16 3LR

7.30pm

£10

U.S. GIRLS

The highly anticipated seventh album by U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy, will be released on 6 March entitled Heavy Light. While Remy has been widely acclaimed for a panoply of closely observed character studies, on Heavy Light she turns inward, recounting personal narratives to create a deeply introspective about-face. The songs are an inquest into the melancholy flavour of hindsight, both personal and cultural. Remy makes this notion formally explicit with the inclusion of three re-worked, previously released songs: ‘Statehouse (It’s A Man’s World)’, ‘Red Ford Radio’, and ‘Overtime’, the latter of which is released today as Heavy Light’s lead single. Its companion video, which stars Andrea Nann of the Dreamwalker Dance Company, was created by Remy.

U.S. Girls

14 Oct 2020

+ special guests

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Belvedere Rd, Lambeth
London
SE1 8XX

7pm

£17.50

OM

Where GOD IS GOOD was the first step in a more ornate and sophisticated direction for OM, ADVAITIC SONGS achieves a level of composition that would’ve been impossible to foresee.

There remains the singularity of purpose that is the core of all OM records, but no single reason can account for this comprehensive nature of their evolution.

On this album the core primary sound of OM remains, yet everything reaches further and becomes more of itself. Whatever drone-doom camp that OM had previously been placed in has been decimated by the sheer imagination and expansive quality of this recording. For a band that has continually followed its own course, and stood alone in its sound and approach, ADVAITIC SONGS for certain, is the band’s most focused, progressive document.

OM / Pharaoh Overlord

29 May 2020

EartH

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

7pm

£22.50

MELT YOURSELF DOWN

Boot and Spleen makes a statement, both sonically and in its message. Inspired by the dark history of British colonialism in India, it asks the question: “What is it to be British? What's that identity now, in 2019? What sort of behaviours are allowed towards minorities, or from minorities towards the majority?”

There’s no simple answer to those questions but Melt Yourself Down are set to ignite debate by asking them. Founded by sax innovator Pete Wareham and fronted by lead vocalist Kush Gaya, they play into a great tradition of British insurgents that spans decades and genres, from the Sex Pistols to Radiohead, and from Kate Tempest to Young Fathers. Yet the band’s lineage is also connected to jazz’s rich history of sticking a middle finger to The Man. “Jazz was the wild, dirty music of the 20s, 30s,” says Kush. “It was not a sit down, polite, experience.” Pete adds: “I love jazz best when it feels dangerous.”

This new music is the band’s strongest statement yet, representing both a peak of musical synthesis for the band as well as a personal triumph. Working with production legends Youth and Ben Hillier, the band have reimagined themselves and created a bruising re-up of their signature sound with added synths, anthems and epic joyrides.

Melt Yourself Down

22 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way, Kings Cross
London
N1C 4DP

7pm

£14

LUCAS SANTTANA

Lucas Santtana was born in 1970 in Salvador de Bahia, black capital of the militant Nordeste region of Brazil. An early acolyte of tropicalism, the radical movement embodied by Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé and Caetano Veloso, which first appeared in Bahia at the end of the 1960s, Santtana has kept its spirit alive and held true to one of its precepts: every vision of modernity involves a break, a rupture. His eighth album, O Céu É Velho Há Muito Tempo (‘The Sky Has Been Old For A Long time’), follows this logic. After the electronic collages which made his name, Santtana has returned to the simplicity of “voz-violão,”– guitar and voice – of the kind we were acclimatised to by Joao Gilberto, the Brazilian hero who created bossa nova by breaking open the arcane mysteries of samba. Gilberto passed away in July 2019. “Releasing this album just after he left us is a powerful symbol for me,” says the warm-hearted Santtana.

On his two previous albums – the chameleon Sobre Noites e Dias (2014) and the multimedia Modo Avião (2017) – Lucas Santtana used sampled sounds, literary extracts (featuring, for example, the voice of Fanny Ardant), noises and impromptu conversations recorded at the door of an aeroplane. The earlier O deus que devasta mas também cura (2012) included samples of Beethoven and Debussy.

This time round, the watchword is sobriety. “On the one hand, from a personal point of view, I had reached the end of that kind of sonic architecture. I wanted to move away from it and, as you do after the end of a happy marriage, leave everything behind, strike out with just one suitcase and keep things simple. What’s more, politically we’re in an era in which everybody is shouting very loud and nobody wants to listen to anybody else, so I thought it was time to speak very softly into people’s ears.” So the Bahian singer-songwriter sought out the points at which the intimate intersects with the political and the social, both of which have been deteriorating in Brazil ever since the election of the far-right populist president Jair Bolsonaro at the end of 2018.

Lucas Santtana

23 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch
London
E1 6LA

7pm

£15

JUNIOR BROTHER

An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/ songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of Co. Kerry, Ireland singer Ronan Kealy. Chosen as one of RTÉ's Rising Irish Stars of 2018, and as one of The Irish Times' contenders ready to break through in 2019, Junior Brother has built a rabid following thanks to unmissable live shows, and music both excitingly forward-looking and anciently evocative. His strange stories unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, influenced as much by the avant-garde as music from the middle ages and his home place in rural Ireland.

Junior Brother has been steadily building a fanbase around Ireland and beyond, winning hearts in iconic venues such as Vicar Street (Dublin), The Beacon Theatre (New York), Cork Opera House (Cork), Blackpool Opera House (UK) to name just a few. He has played support for a variety of like-minded acts such as The Proclaimers and Glen Hansard, the latter bringing him on a tour of the US East Coast in July 2019.

Junior Brother

14 Feb 2020

+ special guests

SET

27A Dalston Ln, Dalston
London
E8 3DF

7.30pm

£7.50

We're thrilled to announce that the London punk trio, Dream Wife, will play an intimate, FREE, South London show on Thursday 23 January! Sign up to the band's mailing list now to get access to the limited tickets! 

Bonjour January: Dream Wife

23 Jan 2020

Peckham Audio

133A Rye Ln
London
SE15 4BQ

7.00

FREE ENTRY

RHUMBA CLUB

Rhumba Club are back with their Brexit-ready single,​ Normativity.​ Described by The Line of Best Fit as an ‘empowering and emotive pop masterpiece’, ​Normativity ​combines ‘80s synth-pop elements with lustful millenial electrobeats’. The track is currently featured on Spotify’s Alternative Pride playlist, alongside the likes of Christine and the Queens and Perfume Genius.
Lead singer and writer Tom Falle said of the new track:
‘I wanted to take on heteronormativity in a brutal way. “Normativity” is an anthemic pop track that gets people dancing and singing in unison...I imagine everyone doing the macarena whilst singing “Let’s all do the normativity!” - it’s designed to create a kind of grotesque moment’.

FOLLY GROUP

On stage, Folly Group is the sum of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, vocals and a sampler. Elsewhere, Folly Group is an amorphous creative entity, encompassing a group of friends whose practice spans various disciplines. Its live members have all played with each other in various projects over the last three years, and Folly Group is a way of messing with form, structure and signifiers. Folly Group attempts to question the role of the band; it’s an allergic reaction to stasis.

MOREISH IDOLS

Moreish Idols are a psychy-fishy-funky-progressive baseball battin 5 piece. Formed in Falmouth 3 years ago the 5 pals have made a home for themselves in the south London music scene. Over the last year of living in London the band have been developing their sound taking inspiration from a vast range of talented peers and collaborating with visual artists to expand the project. The recent release of their new singles ‘Mobile Phone’ and ‘Baseball’ mark a big turning point for the band, growing in popularity and gaining praise from the likes of DIY and Clash Magazine. Still perfecting their craft, Moreish Idols aim to tackle every gig with one objective and one objective only, leaving you wanting more.

Bonjour January: Rhumba Club

22 Jan 2020

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4BQ

7.00

FREE ENTRY

LUCY LU

There’s a new, low-slung rhythm to London’s youth – at its heart is Luke Bower. Much has been made of the emergent musical undercurrent in the nation’s capital, one which is inspiring a wave of new, more free-minded young music fans. Luke – stage name Lucy Lu – is the common thread through much of it. Having cut his teeth on the capital’s new-wave jazz scene, as well as playing lead guitar in Puma Blue and bass with Nilufer Yanya as part of their world-touring live bands, Luke has perfected his sound surrounded by the best in the business.

Bringing that craftsmanship into his own live shows, Lucy Lu channels the energy and musicianship of the likes of Andre 3000 and Pharrell. Lu says, “their brand of pop is very musical, with a lot of character. I feel like they have a wink, a wry side to their music-making. I’m definitely very influenced by that – not taking yourself too seriously, but taking the music itself seriously.”

TRACY SADA

Hailing from South London, Nigerian-born singer-songwriter and producer, Tracy Sada is  making waves of her own, having performed at the likes of Jazz Cafe, o2 Academy Islington and Bush theatre . Her sound is distinct for her soulful voice with an interplay between electronic nuances and live jazz instrumentation. After four years of working as a fashion stylist, she chose to pursue her real dream of making music. She is heavily influenced by various genres and artists including  Erykah Badu (who she penned an ode to on her bandcamp ), Radiohead and afro-fusion/jazz legend, Lagbaja. Her latest single,  Shake It Up, is a soul infused and electronic  track, co produced by Junior XL that will have you giggling on the dance floor.  She is currently working on  her debut EP,  writing  songs about love, childhood  and growing up as an immigrant in her now gentrified city.

KYANOS

KYANOS is an alternative indie outfit hailing from Suffolk. Inspired by artists such as Crumb, Mild High Club and Mac Demarco, KYANOS bring together elements of Psychedelia, Indie rock and Jazz. Their refreshing and exciting sound makes them a highly anticipated act to watch out for.

KYANOS’ upcoming single ‘Moonlight’ will be released on the 26th of November, with a music video to follow.

Bonjour January: Lucy Lu / Tracy Sada / Kyanos

15 Jan 2020

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
SE15 4BQ

7.00

FREE ENTRY

ALTIN GUN

Amsterdam-based Altın Gün are essential interpreters of the Anatolian rock and folk legacy and a leading voice in the emergent global psych-rock scene. They already made a name for themselves, especially in mainland Europe, with their hotly tipped 2018 debut album ‘On’, a hugely popular KEXP performance and hundreds of gigs.

“We do have a weak spot for the music of the late ‘60s and ‘70s,” Altın Gün bass player and founder Jaspar Verhulst admits. “With all the instruments and effects that arrived then, it was an exciting time. Everything was new, and it still feels fresh. We’re not trying to copy it, but these are the sounds we like and we’re trying to make them our own.”

And what they create really is theirs. Altın Gün radically reimagine an entire tradition. The electric saz (a three-string Turkish lute) and voice of Erdinç Ecevit (who has Turkish roots) is urgent and immediately distinctive, while keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion power the surging rhythms and Merve Daşdemir (born and raised in Istanbul) sings with the mesmerizing power of a young Grace Slick. This isn’t music that seduces the listener: it demands attention. Explosive, funky and transcendent.

Altin Gun

15 May 2020

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£15

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

15 Apr 2020

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

TONY NJOKU

Tony Njoku is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter, born in Lagos but based in London since age 14.. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes, managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures.’ New album dropped October 2019 on Silent Kit Records, to great response.

Although only 24 years old he has already played widely across Europe, supporting acts including Kokoko!, Gaika, Anna Von Hauswolff, Laura Misch, Puma Blue, IDER and Rival Consoles, appearing at key tastemaker festivals Simple Things, Sonic City and Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here.

With a sound that is both experimental and delicate, emotional and danceable – like a mad fusion of Sampha and Aphex Twin – Tony is a magnificently talented and versatile artist, performing solo with his unique mix of raw, vulnerable vocals and electronic mastery.

GLOWS DJ

Glows is the nom-de-plume of 22-year-old London producer and promoter GG Skips, whose part in the South London music scene has been active as both an artist and promoter. Under his label Slow Dance, he was involved in booking early shows by artists such as Sorry, Goat Girl, Sunken, Black Midi and Jerkcurb. Sonically, his music tends to be driven by propulsive percussion and electronics, alongside translucent synths and softly sung vocals. It’s evident that there are a profusion of genres that influence (he cites exotica and the blues), as the sound ranges from orchestral to ambient to something more upbeat.

Tony Njoku / Glows DJ

27 Feb 2020

SET

27A Dalston Ln, Dalston
London
E8 3DF

7.30pm

£8

HAPPYNESS

The ever evolving HAPPYNESS return. Founded in 2013, the group - consisting of core members Jonny Allan and Ash Kenazi - have acquired consistency in the ways they express their creativity; be it the standard album release formula (their two LPs ‘Weird Little Birthday’ and ‘Write In’ have each accrued critical acclaim) or through Kenazi’s recurring South London based drag clubnight ‘BDE’. Their now signature alt-rock stylings are laden with vulnerable vocals and charmingly laid-back guitar riffs, treading similar paths to that of predecessors Yo La Tengo and Grandaddy.

Happyness

18 Apr 2020

+ special guests and late night karaoke 

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£11

SOLD OUT

POTTERY

Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal’s Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery’s songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It’s this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.

Pottery / DJ Lactose Intolerant

26 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens
London
SW2 5BZ

7.30pm

£7.50

TWEN

Disregarding music industry order-of-operations, Twen defied the mold through their ‘Twen Live’ cassette release in 2017. Recorded from their first performance (ever) in a Boston basement, the 5-song EP is their only recorded music prior to their upcoming release. Awestruck, their debut album (out via Frenchkiss Records) is a time capsule of their music on and off the road, two years in the making. Recorded at different times and locations, each song builds upon the next, starting with the title track ‘Awestruck’,  the first song ever written between the two; bookended with “Horseblood,” the slow burning haunt with a vocal maturity and complexity only harnessed through experience. Often referencing time itself, like the top-heavy rock anthem ‘Long Time’, time stretches throughout the record, and leaves you wanting more.

Though unabashedly indie rock, their songs genre-bend from shoe-gaze-sized walls of sound to Beatle-esque call-and-response vocal harmonies. While on “Baptism”, Jones’ delicate finger-picking patterns ring through fuzz and distortion, combining folk roots with in-your-face rock; Fitzsimmons’ voice weaves through guitar lines with Cocteau Twin’s inspired flair, giving breath of ethereal mysticism across the album. In “Honey Smacks”, the often fragmented and stream-of-consciousness lyrics are intensified by countless infectious melodies that are as timeless as they are simple.

Twen

12 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£9.50

SWANS

Leaving Meaning is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the line up of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 – 2017. Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy. - Michael Gira

Swans / Norman Westberg

25 May 2020

EartH

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

7pm

£30

FAR CASPIAN

Started from a basement home studio in Leeds, Joel Johnston launched  ‘Far Caspian’ in Summer 2018. Now 2 EP’s in, the distinct ‘melanjolly’ sound of Far Caspian that combines a hazy blend of  intricate guitars, smart melodies, honest and introspective lyrics with a focussed lo-fi feel on production has led to sold out venues across the UK and EU and landed plays on Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and numerous Spotify and YouTube playlists generating a dedicated and growing fanbase across the world.

Although laid back and modest in sound on record, Far Caspian as a live act is a different story. Joel brings in friends to turn the bedroom project into a full band resulting in a more driven and upbeat performance. The exciting sound live has been reflected in sell-out shows on the bands’ first UK and EU headlines including London, Manchester, Leeds, Paris and Berlin.

Currently releasing a third EP solely written and produced by Joel and planning a debut album to follow Far Caspian promises to be an act that will keep pushing the boundaries of what 'lo-fi' or 'bedroom pop' can be and who this kind of music can reach.

Far Caspian

29 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4PW

7.30pm

£10

OLLIE WRIDE

Ollie Wride announces his biggest solo show to date in London following a spectacular sold out show at the Camden Assembly on 16 November. The fantastic new venue Lafayette opens its doors in February 2020 and will play host to the British born performer. Wride's debut solo album 'Thanks In Advance' through NewRetroWave Records follows sold out shows on both sides of the Atlantic as lead singer / songwriter with synthwave giants FM-84.

Expect live band performances of songs from both his debut and penned hits from the FM-84 catalogue.

Thanks In Advance digital download available here >>> https://po.st/ollie

Ollie Wride's debut album 'Thanks In Advance’ stormed up both the Bandcamp charts as well as the iTunes Album Electronic & Pop Charts earning the top spot. His debut standalone release is truly spectacular, ranging from smooth power-ballads to upbeat and addictive anthems - his fascination with memories, nostalgia’s pin up’s and assuming character led concepts of triumphing over adversity are on full display with an adrenaline filled debut LP. It's a balancing act that delves into the hallmarks of vintage pop, whilst keeping a firm eye on the world today - an album for synth lovers, much like the cult hits 'Running In The Night’ and “Never Stop", which he penned for FM-84's album 'Atlas’.

Wride's live performance is both exhilarating and captivating, embodying the role of the otherworldly outsider and the underdog - providing a vehicle for electro-rock pop songs that are more than a nostalgia trip.

NINA

In 2014, NINA released their single "My Mistake" which was included in a compilation by Hugo Boss. Following the release of their single "We Are The Wild Ones", NINA performed four shows in Florida supporting British synth pop duo Erasure on their "The Violet Flame" tour. They also performed at Liverpool Sound City music festival. "We Are The Wild Ones" was used in Syfy's TV series "Being Human". The official music video for the song was premiered by The Huffington Post. In 2015, "My Mistake" was used in a radio and TV commercial by Mercedes Benz; the song subsequently reached number 6 on Shazam's charts.

"Beyond Memory" was produced by Richard X and co-produced by Sunglasses Kid. The single was premiered by Idolator, who described it as "a slice of mid-tempo moodiness overflowing with NINA's longing, and Richard X's haunting synths". Idolator included "Beyond Memory" in their "Top 10 EPs & Mixtapes of 2016" list. "Beyond Memory" was played on BBC Introducing in July 2016. The EP features remixes by Ministry of Sound DJs Nilesh Parmar and Liam Keegan, as well as Swedish producer, Oscillian.

NINA released their fourth single "One Of Us" in collaboration with Metropolis Studios and M:UK label. The single was co-written by Nina Boldt, Laura Fares and Oscillian and mixed by British audio engineer Liam Nolan. It was premiered by PopCrush who described it as similar to "Like A Virgin-era Madonna". That year, NINA performed at synth wave festivals around Europe such as "Outland" and "Retro Future Festival".

NINA's debut album Sleepwalking was released on Aztec Records on March 16, 2018. The Electricity Club described the album's title track as "a wonderfully moonlit pop number with a Eurocentric sensibility that will also act as perfect to soundtrack a West Coast night drive". In November 2018, NINA performed six shows in the U.S. alongside Canadian synth pop band Parallels. NINA released their new single "The Calm Before The Storm" as part of Adult Swim's "Fever Dreams" synth wave compilation.

Ollie Wride / NINA

11 Apr 2020

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4PW

7pm

£15

HENRY GREEN

After releasing his acclaimed debut album ‘Shift’ two years ago, Henry Green returns with long-awaited new music in 2020.

Green has become noted for his silky beats and delicate vocals and has topped the Hype Machine charts on numerous occasions. He’s also shared the stage with contemporaries such as London Grammar, Nick Mulvey and Aquilo, sold out shows across Europe and remixed the likes of TENDER and Mogli.

He has amassed over 100m streams and received acclaim from the likes of Mixmag, Dummy, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Wonderland, Electronic Sound and Uncut, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonobo, Jon Hopkins and Four Tet.

Henry Green

03 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Louisiana

Wapping Rd, Bathurst Terrace
Bristol
BS1 6UA

7.30pm

£9

HENRY GREEN

After releasing his acclaimed debut album ‘Shift’ two years ago, Henry Green returns with long-awaited new music in 2020.

Green has become noted for his silky beats and delicate vocals and has topped the Hype Machine charts on numerous occasions. He’s also shared the stage with contemporaries such as London Grammar, Nick Mulvey and Aquilo, sold out shows across Europe and remixed the likes of TENDER and Mogli.

He has amassed over 100m streams and received acclaim from the likes of Mixmag, Dummy, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Wonderland, Electronic Sound and Uncut, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonobo, Jon Hopkins and Four Tet.

Henry Green

02 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd, Kingsland
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£10

HENRY GREEN

After releasing his acclaimed debut album ‘Shift’ two years ago, Henry Green returns with long-awaited new music in 2020.

Green has become noted for his silky beats and delicate vocals and has topped the Hype Machine charts on numerous occasions. He’s also shared the stage with contemporaries such as London Grammar, Nick Mulvey and Aquilo, sold out shows across Europe and remixed the likes of TENDER and Mogli.

He has amassed over 100m streams and received acclaim from the likes of Mixmag, Dummy, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Wonderland, Electronic Sound and Uncut, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonobo, Jon Hopkins and Four Tet.

Henry Green

01 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Yes

38 Charles St
Manchester
M1 7DB

7.30pm

£9

HENRY GREEN

After releasing his acclaimed debut album ‘Shift’ two years ago, Henry Green returns with long-awaited new music in 2020.

Green has become noted for his silky beats and delicate vocals and has topped the Hype Machine charts on numerous occasions. He’s also shared the stage with contemporaries such as London Grammar, Nick Mulvey and Aquilo, sold out shows across Europe and remixed the likes of TENDER and Mogli.

He has amassed over 100m streams and received acclaim from the likes of Mixmag, Dummy, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Wonderland, Electronic Sound and Uncut, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonobo, Jon Hopkins and Four Tet.

Henry Green

31 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Poetry Club

100 Eastvale Pl
Glasgow
G3 8QG

7pm

£9

KONRADSEN

Konradsen, the duo of vocalist and pianist Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren, trace their roots to the far north of Norway, where the black night of winter is backlit by the neon glow of the Northern Lights. It’s a fitting metaphor for the music the pair crafts – tradition meets innovation, and the natural world expressing its astral filament.

Inspired by the traditional songs and hymns Sabel sang with her family as a child, and the modern pop music she and Vildgren collectively admire—the work of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Frank Ocean and composer Christophe Chassol, among others—debut album Saints and Sebastian Stories weaves Sabel’s soulful and transportive vocals with field recordings and samples of ambient sounds. These voices of past and present dance over minimalist piano, atmospheric electronics, programmed beats and organic horns, forming a delicate sonic narrative centered on family and community that reflects the arc of their musical journey.

Konradsen

06 Mar 2020

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8.50

KLEIN

Klein is a musician based in London via Clovelly and the first removed cousin of Mona Scott Young. This February she brings her constantly evolving live show to The Underworld in Camden. Recent album Lifetime, released on her ijn inc. label, immerses the listener in a sensory world of vocal abstraction, disarming experimentalism and pop cultural references, while layering personal themes of self-belief, misrepresentation and belonging.

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MARK LECKEY

Mark Leckey will be presenting an updated version of the "Under Under In" performance that featured in his recent Tate Britain show, O' MAGIC POWER OF BLEAKNESS, where he revisits a supernatural encounter underneath a motorway bridge.

 

Klein / Mark Leckey

13 Feb 2020

Underworld

174 Camden High St, Camden Town
London
NW1 0NE

7.30pm

£10

SOCCER MOMMY

"I don’t want to be your fucking dog,” sings Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison on “Your Dog,” a highlight from her critically acclaimed 2018 debut album 'Clean' that got year-end nods from 100+ publications, including The New York Times’ #1 Album of 2018. Over knotty, distorted guitars and churning bass, Allison is equal turns confrontational and vulnerable. “I want a love that lets me breathe/I’ve been choking on your leash.” It’s a mission statement, a reclamation of power, a rewriting of all indie rock’s rules. 

Soccer Mommy is the project of 22-year-old Sophie Allison, a Nashville native. She has been touring non-stop for the past few years, opening for the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend, and Wilco, selling out countless headline shows, and making her festival debuts at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Primavera Sound, and more. In September, Soccer Mommy shared her first new song since 2018, “lucy.” She followed up with the release of a second track, “yellow is the color of her eyes,” in November.

Soccer Mommy

18 Jun 2020

+ special guests

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St, Camden Town
London
NW1 8QP

7.00pm

£16

BONIFACE

“This summer, I finished my debut record” Boniface explains. “It is a collection of stories about coming of age in a small town. An intimate series of vignettes from my youth that only came to be through collaboration with a handful of the kindest, most talented people I’ve ever met.

From the beginning, I have only been able to tell my stories because I was surrounded by people that connected with them and wanted to tell them with me. I’m so grateful it’s all finally materialized into something we can share, and in early 2020 it will be yours.”

Describing “Keeping Up”, Boniface explains, “In high school I met some friends that changed me forever. They all thought different, acted different than anyone I’d met, but everything about them seemed so right and so safe to me. I was a weird music nerd and they played music in basements and after a few nights getting wasted together there was a deep, platonic love between us.

“But love is complicated, and when you get close to people you start seeing the bad along with the good. You see the bad in yourself, the baggage you’re carrying and you realise everyone else has it too. You realise that no matter how hard you try, you’re going to make mistakes.

“Keeping Up is about that realization. The first deep connections you make. The beauty and the tragedy of it all”.

Boniface has also announced news of a headline date at London’s Omeara on Wednesday 27th May 2020. The show will follow a run of extensive touring that has seen Boniface share stages with the likes of Foals, Let’s Eat Grandma, Circa Waves and Blaenavon.

Boniface

27 May 2020

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£11.50

HONEY HARPER

Honey Harper is both an old and a new project. The songs were written recently but they’ve been around for much longer. They resist temporality and eschew spatial specificity. Whether they were written on a lake in northern Ontario, a haunted hotel room in Atlanta, or in a car at 5AM in east London makes little difference as they all reside within.

Honey Harper

01 Apr 2020

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

COLOSSAL SQUID

Colossal Squid, is a new project from producer/drummer Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers). Enlisting some of his favourite singers to vocal the tracks including Saint Saviour of Groove Armada, Ak Patterson, Kushal of Melt Yourself down and more  music is entirely composed and performed live by Adam, purely from a drum kit... connected to a load of electronics.

After drumming on tour for Goldie, Jarvis Cocker, Squarepusher and Pete Tong, Adam has signed this new project to Square Leg records. Square Leg boss, producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Marika Hackman, James, Bloc Party) first heard Colossal Squid while in the studio on another project, “When I heard the stuff he’d been working on my jaw dropped with excitement...so much innovation...so much energy”

The songstress AK Patterson, who previously made a name for herself touring with the band alt-J, will be guest vocalist with Colossal Squid. Her intense delivery is amplified by Betts, who described her performance on their recent collaboration, Kickpunch, as 'ferocious and joyfully unhinged'.

The Independent: “...One of the most innovative skin-bashers in modern 21st century music.”
Line Of Best Fit: “Phenomenal.... Betts captures the kind of breathless euphoria you'd expect at the apex of an Ibiza club classic.”
Chino Moreno (Deftones): “One of my favourites on the planet”
Goldie: “An exhilarating fierce drum soundscape...The guy’s a fucking animal!”
DIY mag: “In Adam Betts, the band (TTT) possess one of the very best drummers in the UK”
NME mag: “...the unfuckingbelievable skill of drummer Adam Betts.”

SLUGABED

This vigorous, upright rose makes a very good climber in both beauty and performance. It bears pleasingly cupped, pale lemon buds which gradually open to large; creamy white flowers, the outer petals perfectly arranged in concentric circles. They have a strong myrrh fragrance with dashes of meadowsweet, wanilla and heliotrope. The growth is strong and particularly healthy, and it is clothed in attractive matt green foliage. It has released records with some great record labels, and also runs its own record label. Activia Benz. Sometimes it flies around the world playing music to people but it really benefits from a shady area with some great speakers and crusty old keyboards.

Colossal Squid / Slugabed

03 Feb 2020

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9.50

LONNIE HOLLEY

The expansive American experience Lonnie Holley quilts together across his astounding new album, MITH, is both multitudinous and finely detailed. Holley's self-taught piano improvisations and stream-of-consciousness lyrical approach have only gained purpose and power since he introduced the musical side of his art in 2012 with Just Before Music, followed by 2013's Keeping a Record of It. But whereas his previous material seemed to dwell in the Eternal-Internal, MITH lives very much in our world - the one of concrete and tears; of dirt and blood; of injustice and hope.

Across these songs, in an impressionistic poetry all his own, Holley touches on Black Lives Matter ("I'm a Suspect"), Standing Rock ("Copying the Rock") and contemporary American politics ("I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America"). A storyteller of the highest order, he commands a personal and universal mythology in his songs of which few songwriters are capable - names like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Gil Scott-Heron come to mind.

MITH was recorded over five years in locations such as Porto, Portugal; Cottage Grove, Oregon; New York City and Holley's adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. These 10 songs feature contributions from fellow cosmic musician Laraaji, jazz duo Nelson Patton, visionary producer Richard Swift, saxophonist Sam Gendel and producer/musician Shahzad Ismaily.

Lonnie Holley

07 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Cafe Oto

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

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

SEGA BODEGA

Sega Bodega brings 2019 to a close with a special, one-off performance alongside a live string quartet, in the incredible setting of St Pancras Old Church, London.

“His disruptive pop vision feels utterly alive” - Clash
“Bringing new sound to dancefloors” - Dazed
“It’s twisted pop and we’re absolutely here for it” - i-D

Following a landmark year as an artist, producer and live performer, Sega Bodega has released ‘U Suck’ - his most distinctive and personal song to date - and revealed he is currently finishing his first full-length project.

‘U Suck’ comes at the tail-end of Sega Bodega's busiest and most successful year yet. Following the release of Autumn 2018’s acclaimed self*care project, Bodega sold out London's Hoxton Hall with his 'bedroom' live show, going on to tour the show across Europe and Asia.

Bodega has continued to develop as a producer and songwriter as well as an artist in his own right. He worked extensively with Brooke Candy on her debut album SEXORCISM, and has produced recent singles for oklou, Shygirl, Cosima, Quay Dash and Col3trane - with some of his biggest placements still to come.

Sega Bodega / Lucinda Chua

06 Dec 2019

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£14

LAURAN HIBBERD

Humorous, infectious and charismatic in equal measure, Isle Of Wight’s rising sensation Lauran Hibberd thrives once more with anthemic single Hoochie, firmly solidifying her growing status within the UK’s emerging indie elite.

Buzzing across the airwaves with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders all throwing their support behind the young musician, Lauran’s witty, off-kilter approach continues to attract glowing praise from the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, The 405) and welcome comparisons to contemporaries including Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers.

Lauran Hibberd

20 Feb 2020

+ special guests

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£10

STONEFIELD

Australian, psych-rock luminaries Stonefield, have hit the ground running with a busy, and very exciting 2019. As they wrap up their first tour of the year, supporting King Tuff on his North American dates, the band has announced they will be entering the studio with King Gizzard's Stu Mackenzie and Joey Walker for the follow-up LP to last year's Far From Earth (Flightless), as well as a UK/EU Tour in May and June. The tour includes several festival stops including Desertfest, The Great Escape, Maifeld Derby and Tomavistas.

Their third studio LP, Far From Earth, was released earlier this year on King Gizzard's Flightless Records via Inertia Music. The release has kept them in demand and on the road, with 2018 tours that included a headlining run in their native Australia, a sold-out leg with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a Los Angeles residency at the Bootleg Theater, and a headlining tour of Europe and the UK.

SLEEP EATERS

Sleep Eaters are a five piece band from London. Formed in January 2018 the band have already played a host of huge shows supporting the likes of Mellah, Crows, The Murder Capital, LA Witch & Sugar Candy Mountain to name a few. The band have recently completed UK tours supporting Drahla, Flamingods and Froth.

Debut E.P 'Holy Days' out now via PNKSLM Recordings. Track 3 'Life of Sin' making it on to Rough Trades 'Counter Culture' best of 2019.

Stonefield / Sleep Eaters

18 Mar 2020

+ Sleep Eaters

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£11

PURPLE PILGRIMS

Psychic sisterhood and wistful wanderlust are the twin energies feeding lush ceremonial dream-pop duo Purple Pilgrims - AKA multi-instrumentalist, home producers Valentine and Clementine Nixon. Raised itinerantly in Hong Kong and on New Zealand’s South Island, with deep backgrounds in folk music (their great-grandfather Davie Stewart was recorded by Alan Lomax), the sisters adapted by devising their own telepathic inner worlds. After the Christchurch earthquake of 2011 leveled their home they migrated to the North Island, crashing with friends and sleeping in cars, eventually returning to China, where they began performing crouched sets of gauzy, angelic noise.

Subsequent tours of Europe and America alongside Yek Koo, Gary War and Ariel Pink helped hone their sprawling, choral haze into leaner, more mantric forms. To record their first full-length LP Eternal Delight, the Pilgrims sequestered themselves in Tapu, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula of NZ, in a shed surrounded by native palms and birds. The isolation, stars, and river nightswimming evidently soaked into the music – all 10 tracks radiate spectral feeling and wide-eyed sensuality. In 2018 Purple Pilgrims collaborated with legendary Antipodean guitarist Roy Montgomery (The Pin Group) on his album Suffuse, alongside some of the era’s most compelling women singers (Grouper, Circuit des Yeux, Julianna Barwick), the sisters lending their voices and lyricism to his enveloping sound.

SOFIA WOLFSON

Stumbling down the narrow hallway of her family’s Los Angeles home, Sofia Wolfson took her first steps to her dad strumming “Norwegian Wood” on his Taylor Guitar. She was surrounded by music from the beginning: the rooms and hallways always lined with a variety of instruments from guitars to dulcimers, basses to shakers. Wolfson picked up the guitar at age 6, began writing her own songs by age 9, and played her first show when she was thirteen, a pimply high school freshman singing about homework woes, boy troubles and the overwhelming feeling of growing up. During her years at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, though a theater major, she continued writing and performing music, taking lessons learned from her department about performance and delivery.

Raised on a crowded West Hollywood intersection, Los Angeles has always been a central character in Wolfson’s music, whether she draws her inspiration from her morning hike up to the Observatory with her dog Gulliver, or from conversations she overhears while walking through her neighborhood. Her musical influences range from Joni Mitchell to Blake Mills, The Band to Fiona Apple, music she was introduced to by her dad on long car rides north to visit family.

Purple Pilgrims / Sofia Wolfson

14 Jan 2020

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£9

LOUIS COLE

One half of the LA duo KNOWER, Louis Cole is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalists known today as one of the world’s most celebrated musicians.

Now touring his third album Time and its sister EP Live Sesh & Xtra Songs- Cole’s sound is a seemingly simple and totally addictive mix of electro-funk missiles shot clearly on refrains and steamy nostalgic strolls. Signed to Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder, 2020 anticipates yet another debut paired with his searing videos.

With a mission “to create deep feelings through music” his comedic YouTube videos aren’t far from the real thing. Viral video favourites like F It Up mirror his live big band show experience, featuring LA’s best instrumentalists seen creating hot funk whilst crammed into his modest living room. Now his largest shows to date, Louis Cole’s Big Band follows in similar fashion: weird, wild and wonderful. This will be a night to remember.

GENEVIEVE ARTADI

Genevieve Artadi is best known as the other half of LA duo KNOWER. A celebrated vocalist and singer-songwriter in her own right, Genevieve's collaborations extend across the electronic, jazz, funk and experimental genres. This 2020 welcomes her debut album, a self-produced work which feels like the story of her world and in her words embraces "the weirdness as an adventure."

Louis Cole Big Band / Genevieve Artadi

13 Mar 2020

EartH

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

7pm

£16

SQUIRREL FLOWER

Squirrel Flower is the alias 22-year-old Ella Williams adopted for herself when writing songs and poetry as a child. Coming from a professional musical family spanning generations, Williams has always been surrounded by music. By 14 she started writing more seriously and released her first EP of folk music under her own name. After immersing herself in the DIY scene of her Boston hometown before moving to Iowa to study Art + Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality studies at Grinnell college, she found a more experimental sound, linking her choral roots, classical harmony and ethereal chord structures, and released her first EP as Squirrel Flower, "Early Winter Songs From Middle America." her second EP, Contact Sports, is a perfectly formed collection of songs about relationships; intimacy, dependency, betrayal and geography, set to the backdrop of the American Midwest. The songs represent push and pull of love and intimacy while also being meditations on place. From the fulsome guitar and visceral, cathartic breakdown of lead single ‘Conditions’ to the carefully layered beauty of ‘Hands Melt’, this varied collection frequently impresses with its maturity and craftsmanship. Tracks like the fuzzy, dimly-lit euphoria of ‘Daylight Savings’ are spellbinding in their turn of phrase as Williams sings “I know we’ve gained an hour, but I feel like we’ve lost two”.

HAILAKER

Seen by its current members as less of an artist or band than a fluid, open-ended project, Hailaker (hay-ull-ache-err)’s principal members and founders are Jemima Coulter and Ed Tullett, who work between Bristol, Cardiff and Oxfordshire. Portland, Oregon-based artist Mike Roth handles artwork, and Ali Lacey (Novo Amor), amongst others, also contribute. Hailaker is makeshift, which is greatly reflected in their self-titled debut record’s sound. Built around melodic, acutely felt and poetic songwriting, Hailaker is full of varied textures, electronics, and a plethora of acoustic instrumentation.

Hailaker is a made up word. To its members however, it holds a heavier significance because of that. “Having a word with no defined meaning means the only association it could have is with the project. That’s so freeing because it’s completely open, and I think it’s led to us feeling infinitely free about what Hailaker is, who’s involved, what the music sounds and looks like, etc. It’s all Hailaker because it all feels like Hailaker”, Coulter explains.

Squirrel Flower / Hailaker

28 Jan 2020

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St, The Angel
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£8

PHARMAKON

Devour marks the fourth full-length record from New York City based artist Margaret Chardiet’s project Pharmakon and the most intense output of her 12 plus years creating industrial noise. Like her previous albums, Devour comes with a strong concept that is exorcised throughout the five demolishing tracks on the album, using imagery and language of self-cannibalism as allegory for the self-destructive nature of humans. Each of the five songs echoes a stage of grief associated with this cyclical chamber of self-destruction and the chaos surrounding us that leads us to devour ourselves in an attempt to balance the agony.

The album was recorded by Ben Greenberg (Uniform) and is the first Pharmakon album recorded live in studio. The A and B sides were each recorded as a continuous take with vocals from start to finish, marking a totally new process for the artist that allows the ferocity and immediacy of her live performance to resonate throughout. Devour also explores new sonic territory, with denser electronics, groovier hooks, and moments of her most unhinged vocal deliveries to date. As one of the premiere vanguards of modern industrial and power electronics, Chardiet continuously pushes the genres and everyone involved in them, and with the release of Devour, she has once again changed the game.

Pharmakon

28 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£12.50

WIRE

WIRE are the definitive post-punk group. Since their inception they’ve maintained a reputation for creating music that stretches the rock form whilst simultaneously editing it down to its essence. With their gift for crafting songs that perfectly balance experimentation and accessibility, WIRE were recently hailed by the Quietus as “one of the most consistent British bands of all time”. Yet WIRE exhibit little inclination to look back or trade on past glories, rather they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern.

WIRE

21 May 2020

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£20

THE ORIELLES

From the first jangling sunshine chords on opening track ‘Mango’, Silver Dollar Moments announces itself as a proper piece of indie pop goodness. Then, across 45 minutes, it takes all kinds of turns, into ESG-ish yips and funk, dreamy-arch harmonies, disco synth-pows and stoner bongos, unsettling submerged voices - with all that and more it still flows like a fountain of indie pop, fresh and catchy and altogether.

Maybe one reason it all coheres so beautifully is that The Orielles are a close-knit unit: two sisters and their best mate. “We met Henry at a house party a few years ago,” says Sid. “I mean, it’s a bit lamer than that sounds. It was a friend of our parents, she was having a 40th birthday party, and we went along, and Henry was there too, with his parents.” They’ve been writing songs together ever since, Esme singing and on bass, Sidonie on drums, Henry on guitar. They’ve played live all over the UK as well as Europe and North America, and this year they signed to Heavenly Recordings and headed into Eve Studios in Stockport.

In the studio right alongside them was Marta Salogni, possibly the most beloved producer in the western world at the moment, who’s also worked recently with Liars, Kelela, Björk and The Moonlandingz. “Marta is mint,” say the band. “She’s fucking sick.”

On the album, they expanded their skillsets: “There’s loads of percussion - bongos, cowbell, allsorts,” says Sidonie. “Henry plays the Hammond organ, and a Fender Rhodes, a Minimoog, a normal piano, and a glockenspiel.” Some of this was prompted by Salogni: “We got stoned and she played a 20-minute synth set and we just sat there watching it, like, whoah,” says Henry. “It was literally one of the best pieces of music I’ve ever witnessed live,” says Esme. There’s flute on the album, too, from Lucy Power, who came in last minute and improvised on ‘Henry’s Pocket’. “We got to make music on all these beautiful instruments that they’ve collected over the years at Eve,” says Henry. “It was inspiring, really. We were sad to leave.”

The songs are also inspired by cinema, literature and physiological details of domestic animals. “So many pop songs are about relationships or growing up or whatever,” they say. “We wanted to write a few songs that make people think, What the hell is that about?”

The Orielles

04 Mar 2020

+ special guests

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St, Camden Town
London
NW1 8QP

7pm

£15

STRAWBERRY GUY

When Alex Stephens (A.K.A. Strawberry Guy) self-released his debut single last year, he was merely doing it out of a love for songwriting. What he wasn't expecting was a million Youtube streams and an avid fanbase. Now, the South-Wales born, Liverpool-based songwriter is ready to release a full EP of his compelling, lushly produced dream-pop.

Born outside Cardiff, Strawberry Guy moved to Liverpool to study music and grow as a writer. 'I knew that it was a very artistic city with all it’s creative history, it seemed like the perfect place to move to.'  he says. Whether it's playing keyboards in The Orielles or just being part of the city's growing musical scene, Alex plays music for the love of music, something that heavily translates into his adept songwriting.

'I put out the first single ‘Without You’ on Soundcloud not really expecting much from it.'  he explains, speaking to us about his journey to this release. 'To actually have a fanbase now from it is surprising and amazing.'  These passionate supporters are already strong in number & character and Youtube is becoming increasingly filled with various fan-made videos for his tracks.

L.A. PEACH

Bridging the gap between the luscious twanging of Americana and the sweeping echoes of indie pop, Welsh born John James Davies’ lovechild L.A.PEACH is anything but mundane. Drawing on his innate sense for storytelling, the London based qualified football coach has a daring approach when it comes to his songwriting: bold, charming and gritty all wrapped in a sheath of resplendent pop melodies that burst with extroverted intelligence.

Following a string of sold out London shows at Blondies, The Social and The Shackelwell Arms, a UK tour with Oxford’s Lacuna Common and the release of their latest EP Come On Over And Test Me (released via Sad Club Records), the predominately Welsh band are now gearing up to record their very first album!

Strawberry Guy / L.A. Peach

30 Jan 2020

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St, The Angel
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£8.50

PEGGY SUE

Peggy Sue are London-via-Brighton indie duo Rosa Slade and Katy Young. Founded in 2007, the band have released three albums on Wichita Recordings, culminating in 2014's critically acclaimed 'Choir Of Echoes', and toured with the likes of Jack White, Local Natives and First Aid Kit.

'Slow Fade' is the first single from Peggy Sue's upcoming fourth album. After a three year break - during which Rosa Slade and Katy Young have been performing with all-female singing group Deep Throat Choir - 'Slow Fade' is an apt comeback; a melancholy celebration of patience. It is a dreamy breakup song, one that let's you hang around lazily in the days when you aren't ok yet.

The single - and upcoming album- borrow in equal parts from the perfectly-constructed pop songs of the 1960s and   the understated, noisey guitar experiments of 90s indie bands such as The Breeders and Blur. The new material sees front-women Slade and Young joined by Dan Blackett (Landshapes) on drums and Benjamin Gregory (GRIP TIGHT) on bass who bring a fresh energy and clarity to the band's enduringly captivating duel vocals.

Peggy Sue

12 Dec 2019

+ special guests

SET

27A Dalston Ln
London
E8 3DF

7.30pm

£10

MAYRA ANDRADE

Mayra’s singing is a blend of radiant, dancing colors, velvet beats and spicy melodies. Her voice is subtly seasoned with pepper, as if the Europe of pop had always been a tropical archipelago. The songs conjure up an eternal summer that disperses the mists and chills, but never resort to the tinsel of exoticism. Sung in Cape Verdean creole, English and Portuguese, they carry us away in their warm, adventurous unpredictability. Mayra’s pop spans the world’s entire vast sweep from Western romanticism to Southern sensuality, and domestic reggae to African 3/4 time. It is topical, tropical, traveling pop. Her aim was simply to make 'music that reflected my life'.

And her life has been very colorful. Her father fought for Cape-Verdean independence, a struggle supported by Cuba. When there were fears for his wife’s health during pregnancy, she left to have her child in the 'brother country'. So Mayra was born in Havana. She spent her early childhood in Praia, Cape Verde. Then, at the age of six, she went with her mother and diplomat stepfather to Senegal, Angola and Germany. When she returned to Cape Verde at the age of forteen, she began to sing and won a gold medal at the 2001 Francophone Games contest in Ottawa.

Mayra Andrade

04 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade
London
SW2 1RJ

7pm

£19.50

DEVON WELSH

Can music make you feel less alone? Can it foster intimacy from afar? In his stark songs, which are like sonic poems, the Canadian artist Devon Welsh has mined such questions with rigor, vulnerability, and grace. From 2010 to present, his body of work has pushed language to the fore in service of closing the space between artist and listener, prizing human connection above all.

With his duo Majical Cloudz, Welsh found a huge audience for that vision: he released two critically-acclaimed LPs with Matador Records, and went from DIY house-show tours to playing arenas with Lorde. Moreover, Welsh created life-affirming moments: on-stage, he looked people in the eye—blurring the line between music and performance art—and could bewilder listeners or make them cry. But after disbanding Majical Cloudz in 2016, Welsh retreated to take stock of his purpose as an artist. He shifted his relationship with music. His solo album, ​Dream Songs​, arrived in 2018, rescaling the pulsing heart of his work with arresting orchestral arrangements.

In the wake of ​Dream Songs​, Welsh has taken stock once again. Leaving his longtime home of Montreal, the Ontario-born artist moved to rural Wisconsin to recalibrate still. Recording in a basement studio and embracing a quieter, simpler life, he worked on his emotional health through meditation and therapy. His newest music is in ways a product of those introspective focuses.

Devon Welsh

16 Apr 2020

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£10

SOLD OUT

SWANS

Leaving Meaning is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the line up of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 – 2017. Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy. - Michael Gira

Swans / Norman Westberg

27 May 2020

EartH

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

7pm

£30

SOLD OUT

SWANS

Leaving Meaning is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the line up of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 – 2017. Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy. - Michael Gira

Swans / Norman Westberg

26 May 2020

EartH

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

7pm

£30

POLICA

When Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet Poliça’s fourth album, ​When We Stay Alive​, is not about one debilitating accident. It’s about the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal, and reclaiming your identity as a result.
While recovering, Leaneagh’s doctor told her to focus not only on physical healing, but to meditate on the mental act of healing as well – working to erase the anger, regrets, and fear she felt about her fall. To do so, he suggested she rewrite the story she told herself about what happened on February 28th. Left alone with her thoughts and her back fully braced, Leaneagh would visualize herself slipping and falling not onto cement, but instead onto a cloud, landing safely before breaking into a sprint over snow melting to reveal tall blades of green grass. As she felt the positive effects of this mental exercise, she set about doing the same for other injuries and pains that she gripped onto from her past.

Prior to Leaneagh’s accident, she had been setting music aside as she raised her children and worked to make ends meet as a nursing assistant. Now in the still silence of healing, she found that a multitude of feelings were becoming very loud. Leaneagh realized her self-identity had become attached to her experiences of physical and mental trauma, and she began to consider what it would be like to live without the past as a burden. “I felt there were many things I could look at and say, ‘This happened to me but I’m okay now. It’s not happening anymore and I got the care I needed for it. Now it’s time to rewrite the story I tell about myself and to myself,’" she explains.

While half of ​When We Stay Alive​ was written before the fall, and half afterwards, the tracks meld together in a coherent and redemptive sonic whole. Those written before the fall relay ideas with a more heightened sense of anxiety and distress: the rousing “Forget Me Now” interrogates what makes two people bring out the worst in each other, while on the soulful “Steady,” Leaneagh struggles with the sudden pressure of becoming the head of her immediate family after her parents moved away. “TATA” was inspired by the challenge of keeping a cool head in the face of tense community meetings where anger continues to rise against Northern Metals, a north Minneapolis company under fire for pollution issues.

Inspired by the power found in her healing process, on the second batch of songs Leaneagh tried a slightly different approach, working to reevaluate her past, difficult personal experiences and bring in a sense of insight, strength, and light that perhaps wasn’t there at the time. The stirring “Feel Life” captures Leaneagh’s process of recasting pain as an alarm to live and see beyond what we lack. She takes back her sense of self on the haunting “Be Again,” a song recorded as she relearned to sing while wearing a brace. “For me this song is a meditation to myself,” Leaneagh explains. “To come back from the disassociation I’ve lived with most of my life.” “Blood Moon” sees her examining how keeping this sort of guard up can prove more precariously isolating than protective. “I can look back and see how music has always been here for me to be loud, say what I feel and ask for what I need in these songs I write,” she says. “I always find my courage again on the stage – that is where I feel alive, and for that I am eternally grateful for music and the people that I make it with.”

When We Stay Alive​ possesses a new confidence in its sound, reflected in its fierce, determined songs and anchored by the heavy synths and punctuating beats of Poliça co-founder and producer Ryan Olson. Over the last several years Olson and Leaneagh have widely collaborated with musicians from all over the world: both with Bon Iver, and Leaneagh individually with Boys Noize, Lane 8, Sasha, Leftfield, and Daniel Wohl; Olson with Swamp Dogg in addition to countless musicians from the 37d03d collective. As a result, ​When We Stay Alive​ features one of the largest musical casts of any Poliça record to date. To create the album, Olson brought his favorite collaborators into his studio for all-night sessions. He’d then send Leaneagh the files to write lyrics to while recovering at home, which she’d record alone or with engineer Alex Proctor. Drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu colored the songs with a new approach – drastically changing the rhythmic dynamic from previous efforts by creating an indistinguishable hybrid of live and electronic instrumentation--and bassist Chris Bierden provided a melody-laden low-end as well as more layered backing vocals than ever before.

On Poliça’s first three albums, Leaneagh focused on restructuring the world and her relationships within it. On W​hen We Stay Alive,​ she realizes the power in restructuring her inner self.​ The album’s title references the idea of moving forward through life – our experiences, both good and bad – and what happens next with the strength we find. “I had been living unconsciously in past trauma,” Leaneagh says. “I don’t want to deny something happened – this is not about repression – it’s about taking the power back from the past, holding the power in the present, and creating a new story for myself.”

WARM DIGITS

In the words of legendary DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall, Warm Digits create “Machine funk kraut-a-delia – it’s rather lovely!” Warm Digits’ brew of live drums, guitar and electronics betray a love of Neu!, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, My Bloody Valentine and Boards Of Canada. Motorik percussion, electronic basslines, Keith Levene-style guitar chops and squelchy analogue warmth are accompanied by live visuals in performances that have graced the Psych Fests of both London and Liverpool, seen them support the likes of Goblin, Modeselektor, ESG, St. Etienne, Moon Duo and many more, toured the UK with British Sea Power and blown the audience away at Supersonic and many other festivals. Their blistering live sets of “krautophonic blizzard-wave” have to be seen to be believed.

For their new recording, the band have sharpened up the elements of their sound for a set of crisp, propulsive and melodically rich songs, and for the first time on selected songs have collaborated with some of their favourite vocalists: Peter Brewis of Field Music, Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne, Devon Sproule, and Mia La Metta of Beards.

Polica / Warm Digits

11 Feb 2020

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln, Hackney
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£18.50

SOLD OUT

M.T HADLEY

M. T. Hadley’s debut album Empty is a hopeless pop masterpiece. The first single, “Rattle”, was written in 2011. The whole record takes us on a journey through the 2010s, a decade of misery and decline. Here are nine songs in the key of accepting pain.

Martin grew up in North London and went to a primary school in Islington with a boat in the playground instead of a climbing frame. He had piano lessons and guitar lessons. But why should we create anything at all, he wondered? Later he attended Stoke Newington School, where he played in a swing band led by a man who pretended he’d fought in the War. He remembers watching Labrinth make a song on Cubase VST there and feeling blown away. He joined an indie band, and they were managed by a man who needed to launder some money. Martin’s favourite philosopher is Plato.

Aged 16, Martin moved to Camden School for Girls so that he could study classical civilization, and saw an Ancient Greek pot for the first time in his life. The graceful outline of a lekythos vase, which would originally have been used for storing perfumed oil, but today remains empty, now decorates the inside cover of his record. He finds it odd that we look for meaning in Greek vases when they’re always empty. Empty, he says, is how people often feel. He hopes his record makes listeners feel worse, and then better; but worse to begin with. He doesn’t think anybody can ever feel better without feeling worse beforehand. In his first year at Camden, Martin thought, “Oh I’ve met all of these people and it’s really exciting.” In his second year he realised how much of a horrible place it was to be, but found his own Shangri-La hiding out in the practice room with a music technology teacher named Thor who spent all his time on David Icke’s website. Thor would say, “Alright Martin,” and he’d say, “Yeah,” and Thor would say, “Martin, promise me you won’t ever take Tamiflu won’t you?” It was from this man that he learnt to program hi-hats.

After school, Martin left his band and went to study philosophy at Birkbeck. During his last year of university, his mother passed away. The next few years are a blur. His first and only hit, “Janet”, from 2016, is a heartfelt ode to her. When he shared the song, his old money-laundering manager commented, “I might hang myself.” Strangers write to Martin all the time to talk about their own loss. The forthcoming video for “Janet”, shot by artist Ciarán Wood, revisits Martin’s childhood holiday home of Wheal Freedom and is at the same time beautiful and brutally sad.

Empty begins with “Reticence”, co-produced by Lewis Roberts (Koreless), which is a version of another song from the album, “Reticent”. Martin shares a studio with Lewis in Hackney Wick, a place he detests. Upstairs are some South African techno DJs he won’t talk to. He likes to ride the overground to Westfield Stratford and dine alone in the World Food Hall, at Comptoir Libanais, or Crepeaffair, or Los Iguanas, or Tossed, there in the shadows of Boris’s twisting red tower. He’d like to be a concierge in a beautiful hotel: “A weird person that knows everything but is also subservient.” The original song, “Reticent”, is a critique of people who compliment strangers in bars. His sound is best described as beached whales singing to one another on the sand, tummies bloated with plastic bottles and coffee cup lids.

Other album highlights include “Private Eye”, about hiring a private eye who falls in love with the woman he's supposed to be spying on in Mexico; “First Floor”, inspired by a Chris Morris sketch about someone who wants to jump 40 times from a first-floor balcony rather than once from a very tall building in case they change their mind. This is a song about failing to die. Another highlight is “Roof Party”, which opens with the line, “I don’t have a body, and I don’t have a soul.” “Roof Party” is inspired by the philosophical concept of mereological nihilism, which claims that nothing is a proper part of anything, and sounds like pure joy.

Martin has written with musicians like Tobias Jesso Jr., Nilüfer Yanya, Metronomy, and Jai and A. K. Paul. He claims that James Blake and Frank Ocean like his music. He loves Joan Armatrading, Todd Rundgren, Scott Walker and Stevie Wonder. His video for “Rattle”, directed by Jacek Zmarz, is out now. All of Martin’s videos tell a story of their own, a slightly different story to the songs, and have subtitles so that they can be watched without music. “They just take up more space on a website,” he says, “that’s why people like music videos. They’re just bullshit, boring.”

M.T Hadley

13 Nov 2019

+ special guests

The Others

6 Manor Rd
London
N16 5SA

8pm

£5

M.T HADLEY

M. T. Hadley’s debut album Empty is a hopeless pop masterpiece. The first single, “Rattle”, was written in 2011. The whole record takes us on a journey through the 2010s, a decade of misery and decline. Here are nine songs in the key of accepting pain.

Martin grew up in North London and went to a primary school in Islington with a boat in the playground instead of a climbing frame. He had piano lessons and guitar lessons. But why should we create anything at all, he wondered? Later he attended Stoke Newington School, where he played in a swing band led by a man who pretended he’d fought in the War. He remembers watching Labrinth make a song on Cubase VST there and feeling blown away. He joined an indie band, and they were managed by a man who needed to launder some money. Martin’s favourite philosopher is Plato.

Aged 16, Martin moved to Camden School for Girls so that he could study classical civilization, and saw an Ancient Greek pot for the first time in his life. The graceful outline of a lekythos vase, which would originally have been used for storing perfumed oil, but today remains empty, now decorates the inside cover of his record. He finds it odd that we look for meaning in Greek vases when they’re always empty. Empty, he says, is how people often feel. He hopes his record makes listeners feel worse, and then better; but worse to begin with. He doesn’t think anybody can ever feel better without feeling worse beforehand. In his first year at Camden, Martin thought, “Oh I’ve met all of these people and it’s really exciting.” In his second year he realised how much of a horrible place it was to be, but found his own Shangri-La hiding out in the practice room with a music technology teacher named Thor who spent all his time on David Icke’s website. Thor would say, “Alright Martin,” and he’d say, “Yeah,” and Thor would say, “Martin, promise me you won’t ever take Tamiflu won’t you?” It was from this man that he learnt to program hi-hats.

After school, Martin left his band and went to study philosophy at Birkbeck. During his last year of university, his mother passed away. The next few years are a blur. His first and only hit, “Janet”, from 2016, is a heartfelt ode to her. When he shared the song, his old money-laundering manager commented, “I might hang myself.” Strangers write to Martin all the time to talk about their own loss. The forthcoming video for “Janet”, shot by artist Ciarán Wood, revisits Martin’s childhood holiday home of Wheal Freedom and is at the same time beautiful and brutally sad.

Empty begins with “Reticence”, co-produced by Lewis Roberts (Koreless), which is a version of another song from the album, “Reticent”. Martin shares a studio with Lewis in Hackney Wick, a place he detests. Upstairs are some South African techno DJs he won’t talk to. He likes to ride the overground to Westfield Stratford and dine alone in the World Food Hall, at Comptoir Libanais, or Crepeaffair, or Los Iguanas, or Tossed, there in the shadows of Boris’s twisting red tower. He’d like to be a concierge in a beautiful hotel: “A weird person that knows everything but is also subservient.” The original song, “Reticent”, is a critique of people who compliment strangers in bars. His sound is best described as beached whales singing to one another on the sand, tummies bloated with plastic bottles and coffee cup lids.

Other album highlights include “Private Eye”, about hiring a private eye who falls in love with the woman he's supposed to be spying on in Mexico; “First Floor”, inspired by a Chris Morris sketch about someone who wants to jump 40 times from a first-floor balcony rather than once from a very tall building in case they change their mind. This is a song about failing to die. Another highlight is “Roof Party”, which opens with the line, “I don’t have a body, and I don’t have a soul.” “Roof Party” is inspired by the philosophical concept of mereological nihilism, which claims that nothing is a proper part of anything, and sounds like pure joy.

Martin has written with musicians like Tobias Jesso Jr., Nilüfer Yanya, Metronomy, and Jai and A. K. Paul. He claims that James Blake and Frank Ocean like his music. He loves Joan Armatrading, Todd Rundgren, Scott Walker and Stevie Wonder. His video for “Rattle”, directed by Jacek Zmarz, is out now. All of Martin’s videos tell a story of their own, a slightly different story to the songs, and have subtitles so that they can be watched without music. “They just take up more space on a website,” he says, “that’s why people like music videos. They’re just bullshit, boring.”

M.T Hadley

13 Nov 2019

+ special guests

The Others

6 Manor Rd
London
N16 5SA

4pm

£5

GENGAHR

More expansive and ambitious than ever before, Gengahr are a band reborn. A testament to going it alone, Sanctuary is the experimental North London alt-pop four-piece’s finest body of work to date, a DIY triumph which welcomes old friend Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club as producer, adding his distinct brand of symphonic sparkle to Gengahr’s complex, layered sound. 

Born of an epic journey, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 debut A Dream Outside and 2018’s Where Wildness Grows sees songwriter Felix Bushe tapping into personal pain but coming out fighting. “I was picturing myself as Odysseus in this captive journey where I was just trying to get back to where I wanted to be in life,” he explains. After the release of the band’s second album things weren’t easy. Not only did he have to face the sudden passing of his mother, but then the woman who had become his rock returned home to Australia as her visa had run out. “My girlfriend had stopped me from going completely off the rails – then I suddenly found myself basically just on my own.” It was hard going, but Felix channelled his pain into more than 60 new songs. Yet at this stage he wasn’t sure where, what or even who this material was for. “I wrote a lot of that stuff thinking it would be a solo album,” reveals Felix, who, alongside bandmates John Victor, Hugh Schulte and Danny Ward, had no idea if Gengahr were going to get back in the studio. “I didn’t know what the other guys would want to do because the experience of the last album was quite rocky and turbulent.”

Of course it was impossible for any of them to say no to the prospect of doing it all again and while collaborating on the new tracks decided they were down to try something a bit different... Recorded without a label or management and with Gengahr paying for the sessions out of their own pocket, Sanctuary recaptures the magic that the four guys felt back when they were making their debut. It’s vibrant, intoxicating, intimate and alive; the product of friends having a good time and seizing control of their own destiny. As such, it’s also way more banging than anything that has gone before.

FAKE LAUGH

Kamran Khan began playing music at the age of 7, when he and his twin sister, Yasmin, took violin lessons together at primary school. Over the years, violins transformed into guitars and pre-teen dalliances with Scandinavian metal morphed into an obsession with British 80s alt-pop. Aged 13, and influenced by compilation CDs from older friends at the local skatepark, Khan formed his first band. Whilst this mainly consisted of playing covers of The Cure’s early singles, Khan also tried his hand at songwriting for the first time.

Fake Laugh first emerged in 2013 as a side-project to Khan’s main band at the time, eventually becoming his primary focus of creativity. Fake Laugh’s self-titled debut full-length arrived in 2017 as the delicate accumulation of years of experimentation. The album is a vivid rummage through the worlds of love, confusion and self-questioning.

BESSIE TURNER

Bessie Turner is a singer song writer based in East Anglia. Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by Lauryn Hill as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music - that sets her apart as an artist and performer. Her voice rings with a soulfulness that floats like a cloud; wistful, effortless and above all charming. 

Bessie released her debut single Big Sleep on her own label in April 2017 to entirely unexpected acclaim; the song was viewed/streamed more than 10,000 times in the first 12 hours of her existence as a recording artist. With support from BBC Introducing and after performing a live session for BBC Introducing in Suffolk the single wound up with plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. Six weeks into her career Bessie Turner was asked by BBC Introducing to appear at Latitude festival.

Gengahr / Fake Laugh / Bessie Turner

21 Feb 2020

EartH

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

7pm

£13.50

MICHAEL HEAD AND THE RED ELASTIC BAND

In 2012 Michael Head launched a new project Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band. October 2017 saw the release of his first album in eleven years ‘Adiós Señor Pussycat’, which reached number one on the UK Independent chart and number twenty-four in the UK top forty.

"among the most gifted British songwriters of his generation”

Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band

02 Feb 2020

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£23

SOLD OUT

SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG

Across the previous Slaughter Beach, Dog albums, Jake Ewald has crafted a specific sound. It’s one that incorporates pop music, indie-rock, folk, and just the faintest dash of punk in order to create something that’s accessible but still artistically rich. With Safe And Also No Fear, the band’s third album, Ewald has abandoned his usual practices in service of creating something that, try as one might, isn’t so easy to describe.

In the wake of 2017’s Birdie, an album awash in warm tones and bubbly pop hooks, Safe And Also No Fear can’t help but feel like a turn toward darkness. It’s not one that’s instigated by the outside world—as inescapable as it may be—but instead the dramatic shifts of a person’s interior life. Where Ewald once offered tightly woven vignettes about characters that mirrored the people in his life, Safe And Also No Fear finds him naked at the album’s center, questioning everything he knows about himself. Around him, bassist Ian Farmer, guitarist Nick Harris, and drummer Zack Robbins spin out songs that are dense, swirling amalgams of difficult questions and hard-earned realizations—the kind that can’t be expressed through the accepted structures of pop music.

This isn’t to say there aren’t hooks, as songs like “Good Ones” and “One Day” have effervescent melodies anchoring them, but Safe And Also No Fear generally avoids taking the clear-cut path. As Ewald tells it, that’s a horrifying thing to put out into the world. After putting the finishing touches on the album, he sat down and listened back to the demos he’d first made, then the album itself, and realized it sounded unlike anything he’d ever done before. His creative impulses had changed over the years, and the result was a record that maybe his followers wouldn’t actually like.

Slaughter Beach, Dog

18 Jan 2020

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

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.

Crumb / Deep Tan

03 Dec 2019

The Dome

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

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

LOS CAMPESINOS!

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their album ‘Romance Is Boring’, the UK’s first and only emo band, Los Campesinos! will be playing the album IN FULL over a lusty double header weekend, Valentine’s 2020. Once towelled down after the album playback, LC! will be back onstage to play a second set of their numerous smash-hits.

Islington Assembly Hall is fully accessible and gender neutral facilities will be in operation on the evening.

Los Campesinos!

15 Feb 2020

Playing Romance is Boring in full plus more

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£18

SOLD OUT

LOS CAMPESINOS!

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their album ‘Romance Is Boring’, the UK’s first and only emo band, Los Campesinos! will be playing the album IN FULL over a lusty double header weekend, Valentine’s 2020. Once towelled down after the album playback, LC! will be back onstage to play a second set of their numerous smash-hits.

Islington Assembly Hall is fully accessible and gender neutral facilities will be in operation on the evening.

Los Campesinos!

14 Feb 2020

Romance is Boring in full plus more!

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£18

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.'

BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out now.

Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach / Baba Ali

22 Nov 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Babi Ali: 8pm
Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach: 9pm

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.

PRETTY SICK

Pretty Sick is a rock band from New York City fronted by sabrina fuentes with austin williamson, wade oates, and orazio argentero. They love 2 rock n spread luv.

GLOSSII

Glossii, hailed by DIY Magazine as “full of raw, gritty, punk-infused indie-rock" which "barely lets up in energy”, is a four-piece post-punk band created around South London in early 2017 by Charlie Lock and Guitarist Lewis Smith, along with vocalist Sofia Zanghirella and drummer Reuben Rost.

Glossii's hard-hitting riffs and bursts of aggression create the ubiquitous back-beat for Sofia’s femme-fatale lyrical insight- reminiscent of other bands such as Wolf Alice and Garbage with a detection and a nod to the original allure of Blondie.

2018 has been an impressive debut year for the band, performing at Camden Rocks Festival on the Doc Martens stage, supporting HMLTD in Guildford and releasing their debut single: Headache, which has received significant support from Diva Magazine & Amazing Radio.

So far in 2019, Glossii played alongside L.A. Punk bands such as STARCRAWLER and FEELS, as well as supporting, alt-pop duo APRE and LION for NME’s Girls To The Front Gig.

Starcrawler / Pretty Sick / Glossii

21 Nov 2019

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.

DOPE SAINT JUDE

Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius was born in Cape Town South Africa.