If you’ve been listless and laid low by apathy, there’s only one prescription – more Starcrawler!

The dynamic young L.A.-bred quartet has been wiping the jaded looks off audiences across their hometown since making their live debut back in 2016, dragging the unsuspecting into their universe with hooks that sink into the synapses and refuse to let go – and enough electricity to light up the entire Sunset Strip.

The jolts they deliver come from a number of directions, none more direct than singer Arrow de Wilde, whose penchant for intense, sometimes assaultive, physicality is matched by a full-throated hard rock wail that tightropes between glam-rock sensuality and full-metal-jacket menace.


It isn’t as often as you’d like that a band and their sound are seemingly one. Youthful, flying in the face of luck and chance, bright-eyed and winging it, just like their blazing guitars; in tune with their feelings and growing up with the subtlety of keys winding through unexpectedly revealing lyrics; and facing up to life by avoiding the ordinary through a rhythm section navigating and plunging forward without fear.

Brand New Friend have come further than they’d ever thought possible while brother and sister Taylor and Lauren Johnson dreamed and played in Castlerock, hanging off of Northern Ireland’s north coast. In just a few years, they’ve gone from Taylor receiving his first guitar for doing well in his GCSEs to signing with Xtra Mile Recordings and releasing their debut album. “Just the experience of playing in pubs with our mates, that was the dream to us,” says Taylor, a bundle of energy who can’t quite believe what’s happening despite being the chief motivator. “We never expected to write an album or go on real tours or sign a record deal, get management. To us, playing those small grungy gigs was just everything. Every second we’re able to do this and avoid real life is the best thing in the world. We’ll ride this ‘til the wheels come off!”


Born in Glasgow in 2017, Heavy Rapids are a rising band ready to rip up the UK music scene with punk influenced rock n' roll tunes. In their first year the band have had multiple festival appearances including TRNSMT's Jack Rock Stage w/TF and Glasgows Tenement Trail which highlights the best new music in the UK right now. The band have released 5 singles to date with much more in the pipeline for 2018.


Starcrawler / Brand New Friend / Heavy Rapids

20 Jun 2018

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
N5 1RD



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