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CROOKED COLOURS

Recently celebrating the first anniversary of their debut album ‘Vera’, Crooked Colours have been humbled by the overwhelming support from fans and industry alike over the last 18 months. 2018 saw the band hit the road with Irish singer EDEN on the UK and Europe legs of his album tour run. The project and new exposure has taken the trio to new heights, with the album hitting #1 on the iTunes Electronic chart and receiving a staggering 50 million collective online streams, which led to extensive touring of Australia, United States, UK and Europe totaling an impressive 83 shows and festivals to date.

Penned during their time on the road, ‘I’ll Be There’ was a perfect re-introduction for the group, taking some of the instrumental timbre which has become synonymous with the Crooked Colours style, whilst injecting layered tribal influenced vocals, hypnotic loops, and driving synths throughout. Now, ‘Do It LIke You’ is its more inspired follow up and prepares fans for the sonic odyssey that the band’s sophomore LP will act as.

Having only toured locally prior to the release of ‘Vera’ it is a huge testament to the band, that in their first overseas ventures throughout 2017/18 they managed to sell out shows in Los Angeles, New York, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Stockholm only naming a few.

Crooked Colours

07 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£12

KEVIN MORBY

Kevin Morby is a Kansas City based musician, singer and songwriter. Former bassist of the band Woods and frontman of The Babies, Morby released his solo debut Harlem River in 2013.  His fourth studio album City Music was released in 2017 via Dead Oceans, and is a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond. As he puts it: “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.”

Kevin Morby

19 Jun 2019

+ special guests

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Shepherd's Bush Green, White City
London
W12 8TT

7.00pm

£18

BUKE & GASE

Buke and Gase make pop music in the most insane way possible‚ through long periods of ecstatic collaboration executed with a kind of monastic discipline. They are a band that wears genre tags lightly: Soon after releasing their EP length demo +/-, they became an “indie rock” obsession shared by The National & beloved cult podcast Radiolab. Their debut album Riposte found them categorized as “steampunk art-folk”; they excelled at this, and became a favorite of NPR Music and were invited to perform on their Tiny Desk Concert series. Their second album General Dome appealed equally to metal, math rock & avant garde music fans, and spawned their closest thing to a hit thus-far: “Houdini Crush,” which opens with a massive guitar riff and blooms into frenetic round. It was behind this record that the band first toured the world, performing alongside & often serving as hand-picked support to a who’s who of music icons: Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed, Shellac, Battles, Reggie Watts, Swans, Deerhoof, Owen Pallett & Mike Patton’s metal supergroup Tomahawk among others.

And then came a public silence — five years of it.

Aron & Arone were hardly dormant; they craved evolution. Relocating full-time to the upstate artists’ haven of Hudson, New York, the duo went to work on their third album with the aim of reinventing themselves, recommitting to their sometimes punishing work ethic and challenging their limits of songwriting, sound palette and performance.

They also stepped out on their own creative journeys. Arone Dyer’s voice was the first thing anyone heard of The National’s Grammy winning Sleep Well Beast album, singing the introduction to #1 AAA radio charting “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness.” She also moonlighted in side projects Mistresses & #dronechoir; participated in Justin Vernon and Aaron & Bryce Dessner’s PEOPLE festivals, and sang with Bon Iver & The National on nationally broadcast late night TV. Aron Sanchez, as Polyphonic Workshop, invented the chordstick, a bespoke percussion/guitar mash-up for Bryce Dessner’s acclaimed “Music for Wood & Strings” project — and remained central to producing instruments for the Blue Man Group.

Three years ago, they embarked on a major refinement & modernization of their instrumental creations — and embraced electronic music. Together they developed Arx, a device that revolutionized their performance, allowing them to trigger percussive sounds, change effects on their instruments, and control vocal harmonies all with the punch of an arcade button. They have largely retired the buke (baritone ukulele) and gase (guitar-bass). The band no longer sit through their performances exclusively — a reinvention unveiled when they opened for The National at massive venues across Europe last autumn. Buke and Gase stopped being defined by the instruments which gave them that name. Their new album Scholars began not as the title of their new record, but a possible-new moniker for the band.

Buke & Gase

05 Mar 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

TELEMAN

“For Teleman these days, the door is wide open to anything we get excited by and want to try our hand at,” says Thomas Sanders. “And that’s a great feeling.”

One might call Sanders Teleman’s singer-guitarist, except on their fabulous third album, Family of Aliens, roles are less clearly defined. The result is a fluent, fluid album of glorious pop songs, sometimes effervescent, sometimes foreboding, sometimes melancholic, united by melody, always melody. “I’m on a gradual journey away from the guitar,” Sanders says. “It’s quite restrictive. I write mostly on piano now, and I get very excited by electronic sounds and textures. The new record has some tracks which are just drum machine rather than Hiro [Amamiya] playing acoustic drums. It’s good to have those different textures.”

Though Teleman have been a band since 2012, their history stretches back long before that. Sanders and his brother Jonny (keyboards) have known bassist Peter Cattermoul for more than 20 years (“We gravitated towards each other – there wasn’t a great surplus of creative people in our neighbourhood. We’ve been making music together ever since”). For eight years, the three of them were the core of the beloved indiepop band Pete and the Pirates, before changing changing tack and founding Teleman with Amamiya.

Sanders says the group has become “like a weird family. Making this last record I realised how much we rely on each other. We have our disagreements but if we always saw eye to eye, we’d probably never create anything interesting.” They take the view that there’s no right or wrong in music. They’ve experienced births and deaths, hard times and better times, but “music offers us an escape, and that’s exactly what we hope other people find in it.” Perhaps it’s that sense of music as an escape that means Teleman are always finding something new to say with their music: Family of Aliens builds on and moves on from its predecessors, Breakfast and Brilliant Sanity.

“We were very conscious with this record of not regurgitating something we’ve done before,” Sanders says. “I think that would get boring for us and for our fans. We want to keep evolving and keep discovering. This band is one long journey for us, and we never want to stop developing and finding new ways of creating music. I'm always wanting to better what we've done before. To go deeper, to find something more beautiful, more catchy, more challenging, more interesting … just more.”

Teleman

24 Apr 2019

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£16.50

FREE MONEY

Free Money are a four piece rock bank from East London. No that’s not a typo. Huh? Wha? Yes. But rather than money, they trade in Joy and Optimism. Come join them at The Sebright and be inducted to The Bank of Free Money in a blitz of colour and confetti cash.

The new EP is to be released via Buff Records and Communion Records. Fittingly it’s Communion’s first collaboration of this kind and also the first release for Buff Records, Dan White (Tribes) and Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets). The mantra of Buff Records in many ways mirrors the ethos of how Communion came to be: an artist-led community focusing on long term growth and a DIY spirit.

Free Money

06 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£7

GIA MARGARET

Chicago singer/songwriter/producer Gia Margaret describes her music as “sleep rock.” It’s a genre all her own, combining elements of folk, shoegaze, slowcore, ambient electronica and trip hop. For her self-produced debut album, There’s Always Glimmer(out July 27, 2018 on Orindal Records), Gia Margaret crafted twelve gorgeously melancholic lullabies to combat her own insomnia, and to salvage some beauty from the brighter and darker moments of her life.

There’s Always Glimmer explores relationships between friends, family members and significant others, often in past tense. Sparse verses isolate mundane moments of domestic and urban life, and choruses ache with earnest expressions of yearning and loss. The disarmingly simple language of Gia Margaret’s lyrics, when carried by the melodic sparkle of her singing voice, have the power to elevate an ordinary moment into something supremely nostalgic and sentimental. A ride on a train, a hand on a shoulder, a dog in a yard, the light of the moon through an apartment window are each made significant and sacred, worthy of examination and preservation.

As much as it addresses the unease in our lives, each song on There’s Always Glimmeris steeped in loving comfort, awash with gentle sounds to usher the still minutes before dreams come, when we’re left alone amidst the shadows and the echoes of our memory. There’s Always Glimmer exists to fill the darkness and the quiet.

Gia Margaret

17 Jan 2019

+ special guests

The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 0DX

7.30pm

£7.50

LULUC

‘We spray our hair into submission, upright to attention. Marching to no orders, imagination has no borders. Well lucky that.’

“Me and Jasper,” from Luluc’s third album Sculptor, is a confident challenge to small-town insularity, lilting yet vigilant, and championed by a defiant guitar solo from the band’s friend J Mascis. It’s a reflection on a common pitfall of adolescence; limitless possibility battling constant obstruction. “My own experiences as a teen were often fraught” says songwriter and vocalist Zoe Randell. “The small town I grew up in provided a great study in gossip, scandal, character assignation and the willingness of people to go along with it.” It’s a song about fighting for agency on an album that is in many ways about volition and potential; how people can navigate difficulties and opportunities to create different paths.

Sculptor can be consumed loud; because while Luluc's music is at times masterful in it’s minimalism, it is anything but quiet in impact. There’s a before you hear Luluc’s music, and an after—a turning point that affects people with rare force. Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney says “it’s music that once you hear it, you can’t live without it”. The National’s Matt Berninger said that for months, Passerby was “the only album I wanted to listen to”. “What first hits is that voice,” writes Peter Blackstock (No Depression),“a peaceful serenity that reaches deep into the heart.” When NPR’s Bob Boilen named 2014’s Passerby his album of the year, he wrote: “I've listened to this record by Australia's Luluc more than any other this year. These songs feel like they've always been.”

Luluc

05 Feb 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

TANUKICHAN

Tanukichan is the solo project of Bay Area-based Hannah van Loon. After growing up making and performing classical music and playing the violin, keys, bass and guitar, van Loon experimented with bluegrass and jazz and unexpectedly fell into making pop music with San Francisco band Trails and Ways. She toured and performed with the band for four years before feeling a need to focus on her own music again, which led to her creating solo songs and being introduced by a mutual friend to Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi and Les Sins. Bear helped her to rework most of the songs and take chances on fully forming a new sonic direction.

Sundays, her debut full length as Tanukichan, is her first music since 2016’s EP Radiolove. Produced by Bear, the record is a shoegazy and personal approach to love, loss and longing, melding vague, devastating lyrics with gorgeous dream pop music. Though Bear and van Loon played all the instruments on the record, she does have plans to play the intimate tracks live both nationally and locally. The album very much feels like a new beginning for van Loon, her music, and her relationship to the area that she was raised in; it feels like an understated declaration of a new voice that she has developed and nurtured.

Tanukichan

17 Feb 2019

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

ANNA OF THE NORTH

“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon

Anna of the North

25 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£12.50

TOY

Since 2010, Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own. Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China.

TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Max Oscarnold (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).

Toy

20 Feb 2019

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£14

OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

Oscar Jerome

20 Feb 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£11

SOLD OUT

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK

In celebration of the 30 October release of Beastie Boys Book (Faber & Faber), Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond will embark on the six-night, four-city Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct event tour.

Each night of Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct will feature readings, conversations between Mike D, Adrock and a special guest moderator, Q&A sessions--all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike and a brand new Beastie Boys exhibit, curated by Beastie Boys & Beyond the Streets in partnership with adidas Skateboarding. Sonos will provide the sound experience at each exhibit, playing a mixtape curated by Adrock and Mike D.

Tickets on sale Friday 26 October at 10am.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct

29 Nov 2018

Readings, Conversation, Q&A with Special Guest Moderators, Live Score by Mix Master Mike & More

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7.30pm

£35

SHABAZZ PALACES

Born on a Gangster Star came into the world in a big damn hurry, like nightfall on an island. You can see it happening, but then again it’s so gradual that the next thing you know—it’s dark.

Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegrated comfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the ashes.

Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazars, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.

Inspired by days on end spent in the waves—water and light, both—of Southern California, the work came to the Palaceer in a flash, like being picked up by something and carried. Always dribbling with his head up, he can see what’s going on around him and react to it, rather than starting in a certain direction and hoping to achieve something upon arrival.

What’s good?—the kids ask. What does it even mean, and what does it even matter? Who is behind these choices? We are all of us sitting under a waterfall of all. this. shit. but it’s the excess that is casting us into ruts.

The Palaceer stays away from the fleeting and the superficial nonessential. Stay away from your device—your phantom limb—and stay away from your image—your phantom self; that is his decree. Considering the motions behind the things you like to consume artistically, rather than just the way something looks or sounds, and thinking in layers, and trying to be more considerate and not so self-oriented—this is his medicine for combat.

Born on a Gangster Star flirts with a pop sensibility, but through the prism of Shabazz Palaces’s fire and fury. For the Palaceer, that sense is all about how the groove is moving, and the supernatural telepathy that occurs amongst his cohort. Appearing here, in body or in spirit, are Julian Casablancas,  Thundercat, Darrius Willrich, Gamble and Huff, Loud Eyes Lou, Fly Guy Dai, Stu Levine & The Jennings Sisters, Thaddillac, Ahmir, Jon Kirby, Sunny Levine, and Blood. The story belongs to Quazarz, but the air and darkness belong to us.

And so we shine a light on the fake.

Shabazz Palaces

07 Feb 2019

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£15

FIL BO RIVA

Along with his first Tour Dates for 2019 and with sold out shows across Europe under his belt, Fil Bo Riva releases his next single ‘Go Rilla’ and finally confirms rumors about his highly anticipated debut album. With ‘Go Rilla’ Riva is releasing a powerful and dynamic Indie-Pop-hymn, using addictively energetic guitars and a clever hook line that escalates in an impelling bridge that won’t allow to hold your feet still.

Fil Bo Riva

01 May 2019

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£9

CHINAH

Few bands in recent years have been greeted with as much excitement as Copenhagen’s CHINAH.

Following the release of their first two EPs “Once the Lights are On” and “Hints” - picking up serious critical acclaim amongst the elite tastemakers including DIY, PIGEONS & PLANES and i-D as well as BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac - the three-piece quickly raced to over 25M streams on Spotify. CHINAH has recently released a string of singles as teasers for their forthcoming debut LP “ANYONE”, which has received nods from Benji B, Red Bull and Highsnobiety, and a no1 spot on the Hype Machine chart.

Having already cut their teeth live at some of the hottest festivals worldwide incl. SXSW, The Great Escape, Iceland Airwaves and Roskilde Festival, this is a gorgeous and timely return from one of the most hyped new acts of recent years. Be prepared to hear a lot more of CHINAH in 2018.

Chinah

13 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Bermondsey Social Club

19 Almond Rd
London
SE16 3LR

7.30pm

£8

DU BLONDE

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

Du Blonde announces new album Lung Bread for Daddy to be released 22nd February 2019.

Her new album Lung Bread For Daddy delves even deeper into self sufficiency, seeing Beth take the reigns on production, instrumentation, album artwork and direction of music videos. This project is entirely her own. “I know exactly what I want my record to sound like and apart from drums, I have the ability to play all the instruments, so I did” Houghton states.

True to form, the first peak of the new album is the self directed video (Houghton has also made videos for Ezra Furman, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and LUMP) for lead single 'Buddy' which also stars a bathtub, 3 bottles of vegetable oil and 37 packets of spaghetti.

Lung Bread For Daddy sees a meeting in which Beth’s previous two albums, 2015’s ‘Welcome Back To Milk’ and her debut ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, take a seat at the table and make amends. Veering wildly between proto-punk, psych rock and the wholesome song writing of the 1970’s, taking the listener on a journey through the landscape of her past. It is an honest and often uncomfortable look into the life of a person who’s experiences have been touched by a myriad of characters, homes across continents, periods of extreme loneliness, mental illness and a search for an understanding of personal identity. “My lyrics are always autobiographical. I have to be able identify with what I’m singing, and telling my story is therapeutic”.

Houghton's insatiable thirst for creation on her own terms has seen her take charge of every aspect of Lung Bread For Daddy including the brutal self portrait that adorns the cover of this record. Painted from a photograph taken during one of her lowest points, the image depicts Beth devoid not only of makeup, but self worth and confidence. “I look tired and pretty much destroyed, which is a feeling I’ve known many times over; in the aftermath of relationships and that of making a record. Lyrically the album is very naked so I’m carrying on the nudity of my previous album covers, only this time it’s emotional instead of physical.”

 

 

Du Blonde

26 Feb 2019

+ Special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

19:30

10

SOLD OUT

Hoxton Hall sees a rare intimate performance from Cass McCombs who over the last decade has established himself in the pantheon of all-time great musicians.

“Long live Cass McCombs"  Drowned in Sound


"One of the great songwriters of his time” NY TIMES


“This is music of rare guile and originality"  THE SUN


“Arguably the greatest American singer-songwriter of this generation” VICE


“One of the most compelling singer-songwriters of the past decade" UNCUT


“Cass McCombs is one of our greatest modern day songwriters" GOD IS IN THE TV

 

 

Cass McCombs

12 Nov 2018

Hoxton Hall

130 Hoxton St
London
N1 6SH

19.30

£16.50

BLISS SIGNAL

BLISS SIGNAL is a new metal project between James Kelly (Wife, Altar of Plagues) and UK DJ / Producer Jack Adams (Mumdance). Their eponymous debut album, out September 28th on True Panther Sounds/Profound Lore, is the stunning result of an unlikely partnership soldering  an even more unlikely melange of sounds.


BLISS SIGNAL takes the frenzy and repetition of body-focused electronic music and pairs it with extreme metal’s core elements, resulting in a visceral, often hypnotic, hybrid that belongs neither on a dance floor nor in a mosh pit.  Awash in ethereal textures, blast beats are simulated by drum machines while synths soar over heavily distorted shredding guitar. Throughout the album’s 8 tracks, Adams and Kelly trace a line between blackened metal, driving electronic rhythms and ethereal atmospherics. The result finds a common ground in the intensity of these sounds and how they affect the body.


Beginning as a handful of fruitful writing sessions between Kelly and Adams, in preparation for a live debut at Unsound Krakow 2017, the scope of the project quickly expanded. The ‘Bliss Signal’ album was completed in Spring 2018 with tracking, overdubs and mixing done at Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez-Arellano (Paradise Lost, Sunn O))), Ghost, Cathedral), followed by mastering at London’s Abbey Road Studios by Christian Wright (Radiohead, Bjork).

 

 

BLISS SIGNAL

04 Dec 2018

+ Special Guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30

8.50

BILL RYDER-JONES

Hear multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer Bill Ryder-Jones play from his latest album.

Ryder-Jones has had a career spanning 15 years; and counts musicians such as Courtney Barnett, Richard Hawley and Noel Gallagher as fans.

His talent stretches from a musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s classic postmodernist novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (2011's If…) to a top-ten MOJO magazine album of the year in 2016, West Kirby County Primary

Ryder-Jones weaves an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness into this music, and consistently explores different songwriting styles while keeping a strong sense of self.

‘A magical, colossal talent… that spills melody and emotion’ The Guardian

Bill Ryder-Jones

19 Feb 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£16.50

MICHAEL RAULT

Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, producer and head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio. Sending Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a two-week recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records label's fledgling rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.

It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of phrase... or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority of the day depressed." It's this idea of new hope born from a period of hardship that drives the record. Hope springs eternal when day is over it's a new day tonight.

 

MAX BLOOM

Max Bloom is the singer & songwriter of indie band Yuck. Setting out on his first solo venture, Bloom is currently recording an album due for release in 2019. With a sound far less rocky and distorted than Yuck’s, the new material recalls more classic melody-driven artists such as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Wilco - a chance to see his songwriting in a different light.

FOUNDLINGS

Foundlings are a South-East London / Brighton based band who play melodic, guitar-driven, indie-rock. In support of their debut release - double a-side single, ‘Misery' / 'Your Sister' - the band embarked on their successful first U.K. tour, with performances in London, Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds. ‘Misery’ was selected by Steve Lamacq for his 6Music Recommends playlist and received nationwide airplay on BBC 6Music and various other stations; Lamacq described the band’s sound as, “breathless indie pop.”

The follow up to the band’s first offering, 'Horizon,’ was selected by Tom Robinson for his 6Music BBC Introducing show and was described as: “if Fleetwood Mac had been signed to Sarah Records.”

The band plan to release their debut E.P. in March 2019 and continue to perform across the South-East of England, steadily garnering a loyal fanbase, with the aim of more gigs across the U.K. and in Europe.

Michael Rault / Max Bloom / Foundlings

21 Nov 2018

The Stags Head

55 Orsman Rd
London
N1 5RA

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK

In celebration of the 30 October release of Beastie Boys Book (Faber & Faber), Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond will embark on the six-night, four-city Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct event tour.

Each night of Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct will feature readings, conversations between Mike D, Adrock and a special guest moderator, Q&A sessions--all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike and a brand new Beastie Boys exhibit, curated by Beastie Boys & Beyond the Streets in partnership with adidas Skateboarding. Sonos will provide the sound experience at each exhibit, playing a mixtape curated by Adrock and Mike D.

The exclusive european date takes place at EartH on 30 November. Tickets go on sale Friday 28 September at 10am.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct

30 Nov 2018

Readings, Conversation, Q&A with Special Guest Moderators, Live Score by Mix Master Mike & More

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£35

CALEBORATE

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

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

Caleborate

08 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Five Miles

39B Markfield Rd
London
N15 4QA

7.30pm

7pm

JOSH T. PEARSON

Lift to Experience frontman Josh T Pearson is set to play a second intimate solo show at St John on Bethnal Green this December after his first show sold out.

Though he’s been a recording artist for over two decades now, and has been writing songs for thirty years, Josh T. Pearson hasn’t racked up much of a discography thus far, at least in terms of the number of albums he’s released. But then, those two albums – 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, by his group Lift To Experience, and his 2011 solo debut Last Of The Country Gentlemen – contained more substance and inspiration than most artists’ entire careers. The former was a cosmic, apocalyptic allegorical fantasy that saw Pearson try to come to terms with his faith and his intense upbringing; the latter was an agonizing, powerfully confessional account of the collapse of his marriage. You can’t rush material like that.

NADINE KHOURI

“Meditative, spectral dreamscapes …  extraordinary voice: a fragile, sensuous instrument” – MOJO ★★★★

“Lush, dreamy songwriting with a gilded edge… Deliciously moody.” – CLASH

“Khouri’s voice is breathy, sensual, beguiling, meditative and her phrasing is a joy” – R2 ★★★★★

“A pocket-sized book of lullabies, and gothic shanties, whose sounds and lyrics evoke a series of wondrous daydreams and sorrowful, mood-filled, late-night tales.” – Drowned in Sound

Josh T. Pearson / Nadine Khouri

05 Dec 2018

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£17.50

CLOUD NOTHINGS

For a band that sticks to its impulses instead of trends, Cloud Nothings accumulates critical praise and loyal fans with the type of ease modern rock bands can only dream of. That’s because the Cleveland four-piece is the byproduct of Dylan Baldi, a frontman whose melodic intuition and musical fervor are as innate as they are impressive. Baldi’s early indie rock songs welcome pop warmly without sounding trite. His later alt-rock hooks are too busy criss-crossing guitar lines to overthink things. The urgency he writes with comes across in the vividness of his guitar. Since expanding his solo project into a proper band, Baldi has positioned Cloud Nothings as the torchbearers of the frenetic, visceral, and thundering rock of bands like The Wipers and Drive Like Jehu. It’s all alternating resolves and anticipated breakdowns. And live, it’s near impossible to dispute talent that palpable.

Cloud Nothings

31 Jan 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

CALPURNIA

Calpurnia is a 4-piece from Vancouver, Canada, led by Finn Wolfhard who is best known for his performances in ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘It’. Through a chance meeting on the set of a music video shoot, Finn and drummer Malcolm Craig hit it off immediately. This chemistry then led to Ayla Tesler-Mabe and Jack Anderson to join the band, and through their unequivocal passion for music, Calpurnia was created.

Calpurnia are set to record their debut album later this year with producer Cadien Lake James (Twin Peaks). Look out for new music in 2018 to be released on Royal Mountain Records (Mac Demarco, Alvvays, PUP).

JERRY WILLIAMS

Jerry Williams is an unsigned, self-funded and self-releasing 21-year- old Indie pop singer songwriter from Portsmouth who draws her inspiration from her life growing up and the lives of others around her, Jerry has self-released 3 eps and is currently producing her debut album. The 3 EP ‘Let’s Just Forget It’ won best produced release of 2017 at the inaugural Unsigned Music Award and features the Radio 1 BBC Introducing track of the week. ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ Jerry has also been selected as BBC Introducing National Artist Of The Week and has support from the likes of Huw Stephens and USA tastemaker KCRW’s Jason Kramer.

Calpurnia

29 Nov 2018

+ Jerry Williams

KOKO

1A Camden High St
London
NW1 7JE

7.00pm

£15

SWAMP DOGG

“Swamp Dogg is a national treasure.” - Swamp Dogg

In 1970 the Southern soul music maverick Jerry Williams, Jr. made the most radical move of his career. Frustrated with music business politics Williams reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg, an irreverent anti-hero smashing the conventions of commercial R&B music. Swamp Dogg’s debut release Total Destruction to Your Mind featured a post-apocalyptic take on the Muscle Shoals’ sound, with lyrics inspired by the revolutionary politics and psychedelic drugs of the late ‘60s. The music on Total Destruction to Your Mind stood worlds apart from the formulaic pop tunes Williams started cutting in 1954 under the name Little Jerry, and Swamp Dogg hasn’t looked back since.

But the music business wasn’t ready for Swamp Dogg, nor was the rest of America. His bizarre album titles and wild cover art turned the average consumer off, while his subversive lyrics earned him a spot on Richard Nixon’s infamous enemies list. Swamp Dogg was not deterred. He seemed to relish operating from the margins of the music business, consequently becoming one of the quintessential outsider figures in American music.

Now, nearly fifty years after his debut release, Swamp Dogg stands on the precipice of another radical reinvention. His latest creation is titled Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune a nine song collection featuring production by Poliça’s Ryan Olson. Love, Loss, and AutoTune finds Swamp Dogg’s bluesy southern soul colliding head-on with 21st Century electronic music production techniques.

The reference to Auto-Tune in the title is not incidental, the album’s sound is built around Swamp Dogg’s experimentation with the ubiquitous vocal processor. While Auto-Tune has become a fixture of the modern pop music landscape, this is Swamp Dogg’s first major exploration of the device. “Every time I listen to some new music that everybody thinks is the greatest thing since hot biscuits, it's full of Auto-Tune,” Swamp Dogg says. His use of Auto-Tune technology is not gratuitous. Like Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak, Swamp Dogg utilizes the cold digital tone of Auto-Tune to convey a sense of emotional detachment during the album’s most anguished moments.

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.

Swamp Dogg / Baba Ali

13 Nov 2018

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6LA

7.30pm

£23.50

SOLD OUT

CRUMB

Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), Jonathan Gilad (drums) — is a New-York based band that formed in 2016. The group originally came together to develop and record a collection of songs Lila had written throughout college, a recording project that became their first self-titled ​Crumb ​EP. Locket​, the group’s sophomore EP, was created while members were split between New York and Boston and released in June 2017. Drawing influence from ’60s psych rock, dream pop, and jazz fusion, they continue to define their musical identity as a group.

Crumb

07 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Rye Wax

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£8.50

CHYNNA

Chynna Rogers is rap's high priestess. Signed to Ford models at age 14 and now 22, the Philly-born artist quickly developed a relationship with the A$AP Mob while traveling to NYC for modeling gigs. She grew especially close to ASAP Yams, whom she reached out to as a teenager via Twitter seeking his A&R mentorship. Instead, he encouraged Rodgers to pursue her own music. Tattoos like the Eye of Ra, an elaborate mandala, "wanderlust" in cursive script run along her arms. The letters "blk out grl" adorn her fingers - a nod to the ASAP Mob and A$AP Yams, who died in January. "I was the only girl, so that one is for Yams," she notes.

The A$AP Mob member was right. Chynna's penchant for matching moody atmospherics paired with deadpan, often brutally honest vocals demonstrates an often startlingly disturbing nonchalance equally comparable to 21 Savage or Marie Davidson. Citing broad influences that range from Gucci Mane to Britney Spears, Rogers has also utilized her keen eye for A&R to work with UK producers Hudson Mohawke and Darq E Freaker, both known for their experimental avant garde collaborations in hip hop music.

In 2015 Chynna released the Radiohead title-inspired I'm Not Here, This Isn't Happening EP, following it up with last year's Ninety, her ode to 90 days of sobriety from opiate addiction. Rogers' ability to meld a myriad of art and culture reference points (the artwork for 'Ninety' stems from psych-heavy band Blue Oyster Cult, and multiple tracks from her prior EPs recall characters from Mean Girls) extends to her recurrent stint as a model, where she has recently worked on campaigns for both DKNY and VFILES. As a rapper she also isn't shy to speak about her religious views as an actively practicing Buddhist, with a firm belief in the concept of "being reborn to help other people."

Perhaps Chynna's biggest draw is her committal to "love your dark parts too." Recently one year sober, her music never loses its raw edge and immersive ambiance, synonymous with both a sprawling late afternoon smoke deep in Chinatown, or the beginning of the end of an afterparty, where anything is still possible, but what actually does happen becomes a story to tell. Surely, if anything does feel real, it's Chynna, whose powerful transformative ability renders her as one of the most authentic new voices in rap today.

Chynna

07 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

ELDER ISLAND

Following sell out shows across London, Elder Island will headline EartH with a specially curated bill for a one off Friday night party. 

Bristol based Elder Island deliver a beautifully unique sound. Katy’s sweet and soulful tones flow over Dave and Luke’s multi-layered synths, beats and melodic broodings to stir up emotions and get any crowd dancing. Sonically placed somewhere between the likes of The xx, Sylvan Esso, Mount Kimbie & Maribou State, there is no denying Elder Island are carving out a home for themselves in our musical landscape.

Elder Island

01 Feb 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

9pm - 2am

£15

SWEARIN'

Swearin’ is the kind of band that comes around, at best, once a decade. Thankfully for us, they’ve come around twice.

After releasing two beloved full-lengths, 2012’s Swearin’ and 2013’s  Surfing Strange, the Philadelphia band quietly put things on hold. It was due, at least in part, to the band’s main songwriters, Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride, ending their romantic relationship. And though Swearin’ tried to soldier on, it became far too stressful to keep going. But after a few years apart, those bad feelings disappeared. And when the band’s three members—Crutchfield, Gilbride, and drummer Jeff Bolt—found themselves in a room again, the conversation inevitably turned back to Swearin’.

“Drunkenly, without any hesitation or inhibitions,” said Crutchfield, “we asked, ‘What would it take from each of us? What would we need to do this again? What would we want to accomplish if we decided to be a band again?’” They realized that what they all wanted was to not just play shows, but to make a new record. Before the band initially split, they’d already started writing for what would have been their third album, but instead of going back to that old material, they wanted to do something that reflected the people they’d become during those intervening years. “When a band re-forms and makes a new record that is trying to sound like the heyday of their band, it doesn’t sound genuine,” said Bolt. Before long, Crutchfield and Gilbride had a new batch of Swearin’ songs, ones that meshed with the sound they’d originally developed together but boldly pushed things forward.

The result is Fall into the Sun, a Swearin’ record that doesn’t try to obscure the passage of time but instead embraces it. “Getting older, your tastes change, and what you want to do changes,” said Bolt. Those changes, though subtle, are impactful, making  Fall into the Sun  what Crutchfield calls “the adult Swearin’ album.” It can be seen in songs like “Big Change,” where she says goodbye to Philly and the scene that she came up in, or in “Dogpile,” where Gilbride offers the line any aging punk can relate to: “By pure dumb luck I’ve gotten where I’m going.” Where Swearin’ used to pummel through their songs, on  Fall into the Sun , they bask in what this newfound openness offers. It’s most notable on the ambling “Stabilize,” which sees the band throw their weight around in the song’s back half, offering up what’s easily the heaviest riff in the band’s catalog.

Swearin’

29 Jan 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

CUBICOLOR

Cubicolor are a trio comprised of British front man Tim Digby-Bell and Dutch producers Ariaan Olieroock & Peter Kriek.
 
Olieroock and Kriek have been collaborators for over a decade, making electronic music and touring the world under their 16 Bit Lolitas alias, whilst Digby-Bell cut his teeth in UK indie band Duologue, championed by BBC 6Music, NME and The Sunday Times.
 
Drawing on their convergent career paths, and their shared love for thoughtful, experimental electronic music, the band released their debut album 'Brainsugar' in 2016, becoming something of a sleeper hit with nearly 40 million streams to date, drawing comparisons to Moderat, Boards of Canada and Massive Attack.

DEEDS

North London duo Deeds create atmospheric, Indie infused Electronic Music. A visual tapestry of found / stolen footage accompanies their live performances.

Their debut record came out on Snap Crackle & Pop last year featuring remixes from Bezier and The Field.

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cePKtOKWtKU
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/deeds-music
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wearedeeds/

Cubicolor / DEEDS

01 Nov 2018

+ DEEDS

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£8

KIRAN LEONARD

Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 21 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. He takes inspiration from artists such as Mothers of Invention, Sufjan Stevens, Deerhoof, Albert Ayler, the Residents, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Beach Boys, Don Caballero, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Adrian Belew.

After releasing countless digital-only releases via Bandcamp, Kiran garnered much acclaim for his debut album Bowler Hat Soup, and later signed to Moshi Moshi to release second album proper Grapefruit. Both of these records featured x3 BBC Radio 6 Music-playlisted singles, and were crowned Album Of The Day upon their release.

Latest record Derevaun Seraun is in five movements, each inspired by a different piece of literature, arranged for piano, strings and voice.

POZI

London post-punk three-piece Pozi.

Pozi are drummer/vocalist Toby Burroughs, bassist/vocalist Tom Jones and violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook. They’ve been together little over a year, but have already amassed a wealth of material of thrilling threadbare urgency. Their superb debut album PZ1, is due for release on Prah Records early next year - a short, sharp shock of socially/politically conscious observational songwriting, informed by all from PiL to ESG, Devo, Wire, Television and David Bowie.

 

 

Kiran Leonard / Pozi

27 Nov 2018

+ POZI

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
Moth Club
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£11.50

ANEMONE

Anemone is a real live band, not just a solo bedroom studio Project. Lead by Songwriter Chloé Soldevila, It is music to be blasted from car speakers and at parties, a communal experience intended to be shared, the kind of emotional catharsis that can pack a dance floor—sometimes even packing the stage as well. Creatively incorporating aspects that can vary from Dream pop, dance music and Krautrock ,  It is music that will stick with you, that will live inside your brain, that will become a part of you forever. Music that refuses to be ignored.

Anemone / Bill Jefferson / Alessandro Ciminata

29 Oct 2018

+ Bill Jefferson

+ Alessandro Ciminata

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

SOPHIE

Second date added due to incredible demand. Tickets are on sale now. 

Sophie

24 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6HJ

7.30pm

£18.50

VALLEY MAKER

On Valley Maker's second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement – from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015's When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane's lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane's native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane's songs retain their folk-based nature – they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar – but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record's remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker's previous release, Spencer and Crane's Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, grooveoriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs' qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron's lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener "A Couple Days" to the swirling psychedelia of "Be Born Today," from the soulful horns of "Rise Up" to the ambient touches of closer "River Bend My Mind," the album demonstrates Crane's distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.

SHRIMP EYES

Shrimp Eyes are an alternative rock band from Peckham. Formed in 2017, the band posted a demo of their track ‘Katata Fish’ on SoundCloud, which was swiftly picked up and championed by indie tastemakers at 6Music, Radio X, Hype Machine and BBC Introducing London, who named the band on their ‘Best of 2017’ end of year list.

In October 2018 Shrimp Eyes shared ‘Grow and Decline’, the first track from their forthcoming EP. 'Grow and Decline' retains the quirky rhythms and distinctive group vocals of 'Katata Fish' and was recorded during a haphazard recording session at Vessel studio in North London and mixed by the band.

Valley Maker / Shrimp Eyes

30 Oct 2018

+ Shrimp Eyes

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

SOPHIE

Following her sold out show at Heaven, Sophie will perform live at the legendary Fabric this October.

Sophie

23 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6HJ

7.30pm

£18.50

SOLD OUT

POLICA

United Crushers is POLIÇA’s third full-length release and most ambitious album to date. The band, which includes Channy Leaneagh, dual drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu and Chris Beirden on bass with producer Ryan Olson at the helm, collectively wrote the album in Minneapolis in the winter of 2015 during their first true break from two straight years of touring. They recorded it at the renowned Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX, nestled just afew short miles from the United States/Mexico boarder. The new album builds on POLIÇA’s signature synthesizer and percussion-heavy sounds with more complex arrangements and a bigger, crisper hi-fi punch due to the new approach they took to writing and recording: together, all in the same room. There's a tighter groove to these songs and a more vulnerable quality to them, especially in Leaneagh's singing. Her impressive vocal range is consistently on display throughout, beautifully raw and less electronically effected than on previous recordings.

The themes found and explored on United Crushers are heavily political and deeply personal with thick references to social injustice, self-doubt and isolation, the rapidly increasing urban decline in gentrification, overcoming music industry machinations, and finding true and honest love in the wake of it all. Even at its darkest, the record is musically the band's most upbeat and celebratory. It is a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchised. United Crushers is the follow up to 2013’s Shulamith and that band's 2012's debut, Give You The Ghost.

GIRLHOOD

Girlhood are Christian Pinchbeck and Tessa Cavanna, that began when their separate musical projects came to an end, with the pair drawing inspiration from the shared sounds on which they grew up. Taking cues from Fugees, late 80s hip hop and The Avalanches and 90s neo-soul, the pair use Christian's narrowboat - still docked on a London canal - to write, record and produce their music, bringing a distinctly British setting to their worldly and diverse range of influences. They released their debut EP 'Girlhood Vol. 1' at the end of 2017 to huge acclaim, and are currently working on new music for 2018.

GRAHAM DUNNING

Graham Dunning explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes. As a DJ he plays a diverse range of electronic and experimental music sourced in equal parts from junk shops and new releases.

Poliça / Girlhood / Graham Dunning

03 Nov 2018

ICA

The Mall, St. James's
London
SW1Y 5AH

7.30pm

£22.50

DRAHLA

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more.  

Drahla’s most recent release, the ‘Third Article’ EP, Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of last year on the band’s own Blank Ad label. Drahla followed the release with their first European tour, supporting Metz and the trio will be joining Ought on their UK tour in April. The band are currently working on new material for release later this year.

SLEEP EATERS

5 PIECE COW PUNK OUTFIT FROM SOUTH/EAST LDN

ICE BATHS

London based four-piece Ice Baths (Jack, Ed, Tom & Alex) recently released their self titled debut album on Blank Editions, joining the Hackney based labels already heavyweight roster including Thurston Moore, Housewives, Douglas Hart (Jesus & Mary Chain), Ben Vince & more.

Over the last few years Ice Baths have shared stages with the likes of Crack Cloud, H-Grimace, Circuit Breaker, HMLTD, Autobahn, Ulrika Spacek, Phobophobes, Thee MVPs & more.

Sonically, Ice Baths take influence from cult heroes such as Swell Maps, Television Personalities, Devo & US Maple – all restless energy and angled aggression which manifests live into droning bowed guitars and frenetic shifts in mood and dynamic.

Drahla / Sleep Eaters / Ice Baths

26 Nov 2018

The 100 Club

100 Oxford Street
London
W1D 1LL

19:30

£8.50

ICEAGE

Iceage is Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Dan Kjær Nielsen, Johan Suurballe Wieth, and Jakob Tvilling Pless.  Beyondless, Iceage’s fourth record (and first that was recorded all-analog), was produced by the band and Nis Bysted, recorded by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios Göteberg, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios Seattle.  The album was played entirely by the band with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone), and vocals on “Painkiller” by Sky Ferreira.

WARMDUSCHER

Warmduscher is:
Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London)
Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family)
The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family)
Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men)
The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London)

HELM

From his base in London, Helm (Luke Younger) has come to the fore as a crucial voice in experimental music today. With a palette that draws from electronic music in its broadest sense, Helm’s work is marked by the thrilling unknowns of exploratory sound practices, and loaded with a tearaway’s attitude. It’s euphoric, narrative-driven music, but it has its despairing qualities. Helm operates the label ALTER, though much of his work has appeared on the highly revered PAN. This includes 2015’s acclaimed album Olympic Mess, a crowded work of influences set in congested dub.

ASTRID SONNE

"one of the most breathtaking experimental albums you’ll hear all year." FACT

Iceage / Warmduscher / HELM / Astrid Sonne

07 Dec 2018

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

SHIGETO ENSEMBLE

The Shigeto Live Ensemble sees Zachary Saginaw AKA Shigeto joined by saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Ian Fink.

Following a couple of collaborations in Detroit over the last 12 months, the trio debuted their full show in May 2018 at a sold out show at New York’s Elsewhere venue in Brooklyn, with further spots at Movement in Detroit and the new Adult Swim block party in LA later this autumn. The trio are re-presenting the music of Shigeto that carries across his entire recorded output of four albums plus myriad EPS and collaborations for Michigan’s vaunted Ghostly label.

Shigeto, Ian and Marcus have known known each other for years and are all immersed in the Detroit music world, each adding production and recording spells to their resumes. Amongst the musicians that Elliot and Ian have performed with are Karriem Riggins, Jimmy Cobb, Marcus Belgrave, and Talib Kweli.

SCOTT XYLO

Describing himself as a "Afro Trippy Hippy" Scott Xylo is an artist that doesn't like to fit in a particular box, but builds new boxes with every genre he finds. This Leicester born artist has a unique stylised Psychedelic sound.

Shigeto Ensemble / Scott Xylo

15 Nov 2018

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£15

SOLD OUT

MOTORAMA

“Cold wave Stakhanovists, tireless workaholics and more...”

Russian cliches about a Russian band for sure, but totally relevant to Motorama who have barely let up since 2012 when their second album “Calendar” came out. A huge success with both audiences and critics, in France and abroad, right up to their last opus “Poverty” in January 2015. As regular as clockwork, they have been cranking out tours – throughout Russia in all its vastness, repeatedly in continental Europe, as well as South America – posting videos and photo albums, delighting and racking up fans, and coming back with new records all over again. Poles apart from pompous music marketing Motorama have grafted with generosity and passion.

GHUM

Ghum is an atmospheric dark pop four-piece based in London, UK. Fusing together post-punk and goth, with a hint of grunge, the band draw inspiration from love, loss and inner demons.

After pursuing musical projects in Brazil, Spain, Brighton and the London DIY scene, Marina MJ, Laura Guerrero Lora, Jojo Khor and Vicki Butler were brought together by a mutual love of The Cure, Warpaint and PJ Harvey after Marina posted an online ad on Gumtree looking to start a band.

After playing their first show in 2016, Ghum have since built up an impressive live reputation; supporting bands such as Dream Wife, L.A. Witch, The Underground Youth since their debut.

The band released their debut self-titled EP in 2017, which combined haunting vocals reminiscent of PJ Harvey, smokey veil of haunting new wave guitars, driving bass lines and calculative drums. Ghum's hazy video for their track, ‘TV’, was premiered by DIY magazine earlier this year followed by shows across the UK and Europe.

Their new double A side single 'I'm the Storm / Undone' was released by Everything Sucks Records this August.

Motorama / Ghum

20 Oct 2018

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30

£10

KACEY JOHANSING

“It seems great opportunities come in blessings as well as tragedies” Kacey Johansing sings on the title track of her third album, “The Hiding”. After the breakup of her band Yesway, and an abrupt falling out with her closest musical collaborator, Johansing set out to record a new batch of songs that resulted from the sea change in which she had now found herself. Instead of drawing from her regular band, Johansing pulled from a wider cast of players that she’d come to know in the community of musicians throughout California and the West Coast. The resulting sound is one based wholly and unabashedly in pop. Nods to Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac can be heard, but Johansing brings these sounds to a modern stage, blending her ethereal vocals with effervescent synthesiser washes and reverberating open-tuned guitar.

BENEDICT BENJAMIN

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). Ben is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classical traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullaby-like stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dream-like beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic, creating a powerful Lynchian duality that makes the heart swell and the head spin. His debut album Night Songs, produced by Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union) came out in 2016 and he is presently at work  on the follow up.

Kacey Johansing / Benedict Benjamin

01 Nov 2018

The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 0DX

7.30pm

£7

MINT FIELD

Even though the Mexican border-town of Tijuana has a stigmatized history it has managed to produce many vibrant and unique artists.  None are quite like Mint Field.

Comprised of 21-year-olds Estrella Sanchez and Amor Amezcua, Mint Field’s sound is organic, spacious, and inhabited by specters that lurk behind rhythms, where Estrella’s angelic voice evokes a supernatural world of beauty and melancholy.

Their new record, Pasar De Las Luces, first for LA-based Innovative Leisure Records, is “a compilation of our lives from two years ago to now” says the band.  Since recording an initial EP in 2015 in their hometown of Tijuana, Mint Field have played Coachella, SXSW and have extensively toured the US and Mexico.  In the summer of 2017 the band traveled to Detroit to record with producer Christopher Koltay.  “We had a much clearer idea of what we wanted and we had the tools to make it.  When we recorded [our debut EP] Primeras Salidas, it was a homemade album and we didn't know what we were doing.”  This time, they managed to channel their inspirations and influences to transmit sentiments of profound sorrow, nostalgia and immaculate beauty...revisiting sounds from the past to make them contemporary.

HEAR

hear, a word that evokes here, to hear and her. A feminine presence within sound.
hear is about the spreading of languages and voices previously unheard. Cracking open and tearing down dominant modes of being, we propose a new way of speaking, experiencing, and seeing the world around us.
We’re all stuck in some form of trench beyond which we cannot see. But can we hear beyond those walls that surround and/or confine us?
Sound, at large undervalued in a world that favours the visual, speaks for itself. It has the capacity to move and change, it flows through us and come from us. We evolve. Through music, hear expresses a different desire and gaze. Our sensibilities do not want to be enclosed in rigid structures.
hear, here, within.

HUMAN PET

“As hairy as they are Hell-Raising, great melody with real muscle to it!”

Steve Lamacq (BBC RADIO 6)

East London based post-punk outfit Human Pet released their debut single ‘Linda Pinky’ on PERMANENT CREEPS RECORDS in early 2018 to high acclaim, securing numerous plays on 6 MUSIC Recommends, as well as on Steve Lamacq’s coveted drive time radio show. The single secured official Spotify playlisting, A-List rotation on NME Audio, plus coverage in CLASH Magazine and LOUDERTHANWAR, to name but a few.

Recent months have seen the band expand their fan-base substantially, thanks to high-profile support slots with the likes of BlackWaters, BAD NERVES, Heavy Lungs and Vulgarians. As well as being handpicked by promotion heavyweights BAD VIBRATIONS as main support for YAK at The Shacklewell Arms raucous seventh Birthday show.

Influenced by the likes of Girl Band and Bloc Party, the band have a unique ability to debase their sound; pulling songs through short and urgent, pop-industrial, noise-punk-filled arrangements.

CLASH Magazine “Fuzzed out and ice cold, Human Pet's scratchy indie sound is layered in grunge effects, with more than one Big Muff laying down their life for the cause. The off kilter riffing burrows its way into your cranium, while the stripped back production is as raw as they come”

Mint Field / Hear / Human Pet

30 Oct 2018

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St, London E2 9AG
E2 9AG

19:30

£9.00

SOLD OUT

JOSH T PEARSON

Lift to Experience frontman Josh T Pearson is set to play an intimate solo show at St John on Bethnal Green this December. 

Though he’s been a recording artist for over two decades now, and has been writing songs for thirty years, Josh T. Pearson hasn’t racked up much of a discography thus far, at least in terms of the number of albums he’s released. But then, those two albums – 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, by his group Lift To Experience, and his 2011 solo debut Last Of The Country Gentlemen – contained more substance and inspiration than most artists’ entire careers. The former was a cosmic, apocalyptic allegorical fantasy that saw Pearson try to come to terms with his faith and his intense upbringing; the latter was an agonizing, powerfully confessional account of the collapse of his marriage. You can’t rush material like that.

DANIEL BLUMBERG (solo)

Daniel Blumberg is an artist and musician from London.

Over the past decade he has released an extensive catalogue of music under different names, while forging ongoing collaborations with musicians, writers and filmmakers such as Neil Hagerty, David Toop and Brady Corbet. He is a prolific visual artist, described by Hans Ulrich Obrist as “one of London's most exciting emerging new artists” and recently composed music to launch Curzon Cinema's Agnès Varda film season Gleaning Truths.

Josh T. Pearson / Daniel Blumberg (solo)

04 Dec 2018

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

Presented by Rockfeedback and Faber Social

NEIL TENNANT

'One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem' by Neil Tennant will be published by Faber & Faber on November 1st. The book is Neil’s choice of one hundred of his song lyrics plus a short poem and also has an introduction written by Neil detailing his personal history as a songwriter and his creative processes. Neil will be in conversation with Michael Bracewell at a special event to mark the publication of the book.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Centrepoint. 

Books are available to purchase online and will be available to collect at the event. The In Conversation will be followed by a book signing with Neil. 

Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

22 Oct 2018

In Conversation event

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15 (£25 with a copy of the book)

MILLIE TURNER

Some people seem destined to create art and use their talent to improve the world. Others simply fall into it. For 17 year old Millie Turner the reality is somewhere between. Literally having been born into a family of artists, the cosmic wheels had already been set in motion. A painting father, an art school teacher as a mother – all roads seemed to lead toward working in something creative. As to ending up as a musician though? That all seemed to happen by chance.

Growing up in Homerton, a small area in east London, Millie had always been surrounded by creative types. And it’s worth nothing she isn’t part of the new wave of families who have recently moved into the area, subtly changing the tone of the place with the scent of roasting coffee beans and locally brewed ale. “Our school used to be very multicultural,” she says, “but now it’s become more gentrified.”

However Homerton is home – it’s where Millie’s lived her whole life – and, despite its many changes, she sees it as a great place to be. “Wherever you go there’s something interesting or new that no one knows about. It’s a corner of London that’s really creative,” she explains, touching on how she first become interested in the arts, which she’s currently studying at A-Level.

So far, so growing up in one of the United Kingdom’s creative capitals – a place where art explodes from every street corner and the shape of the buildings change with each season. It’s an unconventional upbringing (at least to some), but what’s even more unconventional is the way Millie became introduced to music. Sure, her dad played music around the house – things like U2 and standard father fodder – but it was a community church where she initially started to collaborate with people.

Having learned the piano since a young age (and eventually giving up – “I hated grades so much it was horrible”), the church gave Millie a new arena in which to practice her improv skills. And by the way, when we’re talking about church, please remove any strict stereotypical biblical aesthetic from your mind. “We wouldn’t play church songs, it was more Beatles stuff. It was a weird church!” explains Millie, detailing her introduction to genres like jazz and another instrument, the steel pans, which she also plays. “There was a whole band and if you wanted to join in, you would come in and play songs.”

Millie Turner

05 Dec 2018

+ Roken

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

MILLIE TURNER

Some people seem destined to create art and use their talent to improve the world. Others simply fall into it. For 17 year old Millie Turner the reality is somewhere between. Literally having been born into a family of artists, the cosmic wheels had already been set in motion. A painting father, an art school teacher as a mother – all roads seemed to lead toward working in something creative. As to ending up as a musician though? That all seemed to happen by chance.

Growing up in Homerton, a small area in east London, Millie had always been surrounded by creative types. And it’s worth nothing she isn’t part of the new wave of families who have recently moved into the area, subtly changing the tone of the place with the scent of roasting coffee beans and locally brewed ale. “Our school used to be very multicultural,” she says, “but now it’s become more gentrified.”

However Homerton is home – it’s where Millie’s lived her whole life – and, despite its many changes, she sees it as a great place to be. “Wherever you go there’s something interesting or new that no one knows about. It’s a corner of London that’s really creative,” she explains, touching on how she first become interested in the arts, which she’s currently studying at A-Level.

So far, so growing up in one of the United Kingdom’s creative capitals – a place where art explodes from every street corner and the shape of the buildings change with each season. It’s an unconventional upbringing (at least to some), but what’s even more unconventional is the way Millie became introduced to music. Sure, her dad played music around the house – things like U2 and standard father fodder – but it was a community church where she initially started to collaborate with people.

Having learned the piano since a young age (and eventually giving up – “I hated grades so much it was horrible”), the church gave Millie a new arena in which to practice her improv skills. And by the way, when we’re talking about church, please remove any strict stereotypical biblical aesthetic from your mind. “We wouldn’t play church songs, it was more Beatles stuff. It was a weird church!” explains Millie, detailing her introduction to genres like jazz and another instrument, the steel pans, which she also plays. “There was a whole band and if you wanted to join in, you would come in and play songs.”

Get tickets to all three of Millie's shows here.

LIZZI

Hackney based singer-songwriter, Lizzi, makes alt-pop music blending elements of neo-soul, jazz and vintage R&B.

"Lizzi channels retro-tinged R&B with dreamy, sultry back drops and an angelic vocal performance" - EARMILK

Born in Houston, Texas, Lizzi began singing in her local gospel choir before moving to the UK when she was 10 years old. These early days certainly seem to have helped carve out her distinctive, soulful sound.

She began penning tracks at school when her Father taught her the guitar. Fed up of being constrained by producers trying to create or conjure up her sound she relocated to London and started learning music production.

"When I was working with producers and knowing nothing about producing music I was coming out of sessions finding myself further from where I wanted to be and having to compromise on my sound. It's only when I decided to learn production myself that I got this huge buzz and it reignited things for me"

Her debut EP, 'Careless' due out at early next year is an EP project that began in her bedroom studio and grew into collaboration with producer, Joe Lab of BOA.

Millie Turner / Lizzi

14 Nov 2018

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

SOLD OUT

MILLIE TURNER

Some people seem destined to create art and use their talent to improve the world. Others simply fall into it. For 17 year old Millie Turner the reality is somewhere between. Literally having been born into a family of artists, the cosmic wheels had already been set in motion. A painting father, an art school teacher as a mother – all roads seemed to lead toward working in something creative. As to ending up as a musician though? That all seemed to happen by chance.

Growing up in Homerton, a small area in east London, Millie had always been surrounded by creative types. And it’s worth nothing she isn’t part of the new wave of families who have recently moved into the area, subtly changing the tone of the place with the scent of roasting coffee beans and locally brewed ale. “Our school used to be very multicultural,” she says, “but now it’s become more gentrified.”

However Homerton is home – it’s where Millie’s lived her whole life – and, despite its many changes, she sees it as a great place to be. “Wherever you go there’s something interesting or new that no one knows about. It’s a corner of London that’s really creative,” she explains, touching on how she first become interested in the arts, which she’s currently studying at A-Level.

So far, so growing up in one of the United Kingdom’s creative capitals – a place where art explodes from every street corner and the shape of the buildings change with each season. It’s an unconventional upbringing (at least to some), but what’s even more unconventional is the way Millie became introduced to music. Sure, her dad played music around the house – things like U2 and standard father fodder – but it was a community church where she initially started to collaborate with people.

Having learned the piano since a young age (and eventually giving up – “I hated grades so much it was horrible”), the church gave Millie a new arena in which to practice her improv skills. And by the way, when we’re talking about church, please remove any strict stereotypical biblical aesthetic from your mind. “We wouldn’t play church songs, it was more Beatles stuff. It was a weird church!” explains Millie, detailing her introduction to genres like jazz and another instrument, the steel pans, which she also plays. “There was a whole band and if you wanted to join in, you would come in and play songs.”

Get tickets to all three of Millie's shows here.

ROKEN

Millie Turner / Roken

10 Oct 2018

+ Roken

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Oneohtrix Point Never’s MYRIAD is a mind bending performance that blends live music, installation art and customised visuals to re-contextualise his recently released and highly acclaimed album, Age Of. The London premier at the Barbican in August last year sold out over 3 months in advance. For all those that missed out, RFB is delighted to announce the next evolution of Myriad coming to London's iconic Roundhouse on Friday night, March 8th. 

In the words of those that have already seen the show:

The Guardian - "Lopatin is flanked by pianist Kelly Moran, drummer and percussionist Eli Keszler, and Aaron David Ross, who plays an array of cinematic synths and special effects They pull off a jaw-dropping performance: a faithful yet fluid rendition of an album that, on record, seems laden with computer-assisted compositional quirks no human could master.”

New York Times - "It billowed and throbbed, tinkled and crashed, swooped and pealed around the grand space. No narrative, no matter how cosmic, could match the sound”. 

The 405   - "The sum of all this is a show that astounds in its artistic ambitions. it’s hard not to feel like you’re being subjected to a sensory overload. It’s as though you just spent the last hour and a half plugged into a machine that transmitted the entirety of human existence into your brain, with all its hopes and anxieties amplified.” 
 
The Line Of Best Fit - "an arresting and daringly original performance which will be etched into the minds of the audience for a long time”. 

The Ringer - "Watching Myriad live was the closest I have ever gotten to feeling like I’m inside an Alien movie, and probably the closest I ever hope to come”

The Roundhouse performance creates the opportunity for Oneohtrix Point Never, for the first time since it’s world premier at NYC’s Park Avenue Armory, to expand upon the decadent grandeur of the original concertscape production featuring live visuals from long time collaborator Nate Boyce together with the rest of the MYRIAD ensemble - Kelly Moran, Aaron David Ross and Eli Keszler in an expanded performance including additional classic OPN material and special guests.

To complete this phenomenal one-off event, the sublime, LA based cellist and vocalist Kelsey Lu, will each be performing her own solo set to add to an incredible evening.

KELSEY LU

Kelsey Lu is a classically trained cellist with the voice of an angel who comes from North Carolina. She has just released a live EP on True Panther Sounds called 'Church' and is working on her debut album now.

 

 

Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad at The Roundhouse / Kelsey Lu

08 Mar 2019

+ Kelsey Lu

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 8EH

7pm

£25

HEMBREE

Hembree’s path to success is proving to be as nostalgia-inducing as it is powerful: labor away at home and in fly-by-night studios creating music you love; send your song to the local DJ (yes, on the actual radio) and have him love it so much he plays it immediately; tour and tour and tour and tour and tour; and begin to hear that song on radio stations across America, acting as early beacons to the larger world taking notice.

Hembree, named “Best Artist We Saw at SXSW in 2018” by Rolling Stone and one of NPR’s 2018 Spotlight Artists, released their debut EP “Had It All” (Ribbon Music / Domino Records)  in November 2017. Its lead single “Holy Water” was featured in an Apple commercial, debuted on the Billboard Alt Radio chart, and garnered millions of streams. The EP was recorded in the band’s hometown of Kansas City, in lead singer Isaac Flynn’s bedroom and various home studios. Working with friends that the band love and respect, in places they live and work everyday, the convivial environment shines through on these recordings: you can hear their lives in these songs.

In the grand rock’n roll tradition Hembree are family: Isaac Flynn (lead vocals, guitar) and Eric Davis (keyboards, synths) are brothers-in-law and childhood friends. Alex Ward (guitar) and Austin Ward (drums) are brothers as well. Sadly, Garrett Childers (vocals, bass) has to be content with the role of lifelong friend and general bon vivant.

In the past year Hembree has shared the stage with everyone from Phoenix to The Cold War Kids and Elvis Costello. Their nuanced yet incendiary live shows showcases a sonic ambition and clarity of purpose that’s formidable. Hembree’s debut full-length will be released in early 2019.

 

SILVA

SILVA is an indie/electronic band based in London with Sylvia on lead vocals and synth, Kerstin on vocals and bass, Esther on guitar and Shakira on drums. They mix dreamy guitar riffs with eerie synth effects accompanied by dark bass lines and eclectic rhythms with hypnotic vocals.

Hembree / Cagework / SILVA

01 Nov 2018

+ Cagework

+ SILVA

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

FRIGS

FRIGS is a Toronto-based band that pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS creates a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable.

Led by the force of Bria’s vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on an hypnotic and visceral live performance. Embracing the mercurial and experimental, their shows are built upon instinct; a vocal growl can unexpectedly give way to a hushed whisper; languid drones boil over into guttural and searing tones.

Maintaining the communal, do-it-yourself spirit of their forebears, the band bought recording equipment and turned their Toronto apartment into a studio where they wrote, engineered, and mixed their 2016 Slush EP, and half of their debut full-length.

TALK SHOW

London 4-piece, Talk Show bring their own brand of twisted, poetic post punk to the stage.
With echoes of bands such as Savages, Magazine and New Order, their solemn yet infectious take is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.
After supporting the likes of Fontaines DC, Crows, Our Girl and Mellah, The Talk Show are fast becoming ones to watch.

JACOB SLATER

An incarnation from 2/3 of Dead Pretties – Jacob manages to merge elements of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead & more whilst sounding completely unique and it's by far one of the most exciting acts we've seen live this year.

Frigs / Talk Show / Jacob Slater

06 Nov 2018

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£8

ERIN RAE

Erin Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs – not to mention critical attention from the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC -- is finally stepping out into the spotlight with Putting On Airs. A forthcoming NPR World Café session and a busy tour schedule, including spring support dates with the Mountain Goats and Margo Price, and an appearance at End Of The Road Festival in the UK, shows Erin Rae’s star is on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Buoying the release is Rae’s reputation as an enthralling live performer, which has earned her the respect of Nashville peers and music notables alike, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who has signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records. Rae joins a Single Lock roster that includes Nicole Atkins, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, and White himself, who said “When I first heard Erin’s compelling voice, I knew nothing about her. It was live, with no intro (she was opening for friends of mine), and I was instantly transfixed. I couldn’t wait to engage, and that’s something I very seldom feel, much less do. I was thrilled to find out her personality was as engaging as her voice and songs, and that she was looking for a home. I couldn’t be happier to be hitching our wagons together.”

SAMUEL R. SAFFERY

Samuel R. Saffery is a New Zealand indie folk musician who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is inspired by his environment and finds New York City to be a rich, if not demanding, muse. His music comes from a place of honest learning, emotional growth and healing. He has a distinctive, melodic voice, which is as haunting as it is sweet. He has just released his first solo EP, Belong.  The EP explores themes of identity, the subconscious world, human beings’ sense of place and their daily connections with others

ROWE

Somerset born musician Rowe, has made her mark on the industry this year, with her release of her debut EP 'Neptune', this summer.

Rowe's sound creates an eerie atmosphere but adds the comforting tones of nostalgia, along with the simplistic accompaniment of guitar and piano, to create a new understanding of a modern day singer-songwriter. Her influences include the likes of Bon Iver, The Smiths and Daughter.

Erin Rae / Samuel R Saffery / Rowe

30 Aug 2018

Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 0DX

7.30pm

£7.50

SAINTSENECA

Saintseneca’s Zac Little has been thinking a lot about memory. Not necessarily his memories, though they creep in often, too. Rather, he mulls over the idea of memory itself: its resilience, its haziness, how it slips away as we try to hang on, the way it resurfaces despite our best efforts to forget.

Memory is the common thread running throughout the Columbus folk-punk band’s fourth album, Pillar of Na, arriving in late summer via ANTI- Records. Following 2015's critically lauded Such Things, the new album’s name is rooted in remembrance, referencing the Genesis story of Lot’s wife who looks back at a burning Sodom after God instructs her not to. She looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. “Na,” meanwhile, is the chemical symbol for sodium. "Nah" is a passive refusal and the universal song word. It means nothing and stands for nothing. It is "as it is."

REBECKA REINHARD

Haunting and melodic, Rebecka Reinhard's dream-state inducing sound and tragicomic lyrics bring to mind the likes of Angel Olsen, Mitski and Sharon van Etten. With stylistic diversity ranging from melancholic folk pop to blazing indie rock, her music forces you to smile wryly at heart-break and darkness. Her debut EP, Cherry Trees, is the culmination of three years’ worth of writing, gigging, recording and was released in late 2017. The follow up single Nonsene In Your Sleep is the first track off her second EP, due to be released in March 2019 by Bristol-based Breakfast Records. Recently, Rebecka expanded her solo project to include three new band members on drums, bass and guitar and they've already started recording new material.

O. GIRDLER

O. Girdler is Oliver Girdler's melancholic dream. The alluring melodies create a dazzlingly gorgeous backdrop for his soberly thoughtful words, which linger around leaving the listener in an especially pensive space. Aided and abetted by a live band of Skype associates, this is his long-awaited return to the live circuit.

Saintseneca / Rebecka Reinhard / O. Girdler

27 Nov 2018

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£10

Photo Credit - Caroline Mackintosh

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

Alice Phoebe Lou is a a street artist based in Berlin. Alice grew up on a mountainside near Cape Town in South Africa. She has been busking in the streets and anywhere else she goes on tour since moving to Europe in 2013. First as a fire dancer, later as a musician. Funded by her own performances on the streets of Berlin she has self-released 1 EP, 1 Live album and her debut LP "Orbit" in 2016 which saw her nominated for best female artist at the German critics choice awards. She will be releasing her next LP this coming winter 2018.

HUSH MOSS

From Berlin via Israel comes the funk-lite sound of mid-70s synth-phonic soul.

If the Weeknd’s dad had made an album of louche soul in 1975, during that period between the heyday of Philly and the advent of disco, just before Giorgio Moroder/Donna Summer’s electronification of dance music, it might have sounded like Hush Moss.

Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moss

11 Nov 2018

+ Hush Moss

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

KLLO

The great metaphorical River has been lending itself to wise sayings for ages, usually as a manifestation of time, or in relation to how we see instances pass. It exists only as current, neither in the past nor the future, the present. Rarely though do we look for guidance from the bodies of water that rest beyond a current’s reach: backwaters seen as stagnant and turbid. That they are, yet by nature they also collect, capable of shaping labyrinthine networks of canals and inlets with ecosystems all their own. Backwaters let the present settle into the past, they’re a place apart from the flow where moments compile and mature.

Kllo, an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016, amidst an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp , receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.

As a result, Kllo’s full-length debut depicts inner adjustment to outer change. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lam’s bungalow, a haven that harbors creative spontaneity and catharsis.
“It’s the first time we hadn’t felt like kids anymore,“ says Kaul. “We were really able to dive in deeper and bring out a lot more of us into the music.”

GRAHAM VAN PELT

I am a Toronto based electronic musician and songwriter, recording music under my given name. Previously I was the primary member of psychedelic pop project Miracle Fortress. Over the past decade, DJing and producing electronic music has become a large part of my practice and I look forward to sharing new songs this year.

KLLO / Graham Van Pelt

03 Oct 2018

Doors: 7.30pm
Graham Van Pelt: 8.30pm
KLLO: 9.30pm

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

£11

HOLY

Starting out as a bedroom project for Swedish musician Hannes Ferm, HOLY released his first LP in 2015, which was championed by the likes of the Anton Newcombe (BJM) and the Dennis Lyxen (Refused), and was nominated for both "Years Best Pop Album" (Gaffa awards) and "Best Rock Album" (Manifest awards). The first album "Stabs" was a thrilling mix of 60s garage rock and lo-fi pop, drawing comparisons to the work of Thee Oh Sees and Deerhunter. The long-awaited second LP "All These Worlds Are Yours" sees a much larger production all around, recorded over a year in Stockholms Studio Cobra, with much more focus on Ferm's songwriting.

VINYL STAIRCASE

After releasing their new EP earlier in the year which included singles 'Cherry' and 'Last I Heard', Vinyl Staircase have gained praise from DIY, So Young, BBC 6 Music, Clash and supported bands like Sunflower Bean, Wolf Alice, L.A. Witch. With a summer of festivals behind them, they're gearing up to release a brand new single in September.

Photo: Byron Chambers

FLOAT

"...the quintet’s first offering is a propulsive thing, full of claustrophobic riffs and Faris Badwan-esque vocals. As far as opening gambits go, it’s really rather a strong one.” DIY Magazine
"impressive post-punk sensibilities" Gigslutz
“just mesmerising” It’s All Indie
‘...recent sonic triumph ‘WATCH’; a release that’s pricking ears and winning hearts in the capital.’ Hidden Herd

Holy / Vinyl Staircase / Float

31 Aug 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

THE SOFT MOON

'Criminal’ is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date. “Guilt is my biggest demon and has been following me since childhood. Everything I do strengthens the narrative that I am guilty” Vasquez reflects. “The concept of ‘Criminal’ is a desperate attempt to find relief by both confessing to my wrongdoings and by blaming others for their wrongdoings that have affected me.”

HIDE

HIDE WAS BIRTHED FROM CHICAGO’S DIY SCENE IN 2014. HEATHER GABEL AND SETH SHER MAKE UP THIS ELECTRONIC, SAMPLE BASED, POST-INDUSTRIAL DUO. HAUNTING VOCALS, THROBBING SUB-BASS AND TRANCE INDUCING DRONES ROUND OUT A SOUND THAT BOTH PUNISHES AND EMPOWERS.

The Soft Moon / HIDE

28 Nov 2018

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£15

BONIFACE

Micah Visser named his band after the Winnipeg neighbourhood where he grew up, where he spent his childhood learning violin and saxophone, guitar, piano, computer programming, until he could no longer remember when he stopped playing other people’s songs and began writing his own. It was here too, writing alone in his bedroom, that Visser, forged a sound that would take an indie sensibility and make it glisten, that found its way to a new kind of 21st century pop.

His stunning debut single I Will Not Return As A Tourist sets out his stall: a song that presses quiet lyrical introspection against a furious pop swell, that is at moments frayed and wild and at others immense and gleaming. “That song has stuck with me for so long,” says Visser. “It’s one of the first songs I ever wrote, and it kept popping up and kept being relevant to my life. It’s a song about feeling kind of restless and feeling a little bit helpless, like you’re more of a spectator in your own life. The line ‘I will not return as a tourist’ is a resolution to be more active in your own life and wanting to be a participant and not an observer.”

New pop stars are spawned every day; focus-grouped and conveyor-belted into being; dreamed up by music industry Svengalis and unleashed on the charts. Boniface offer something different, something rare and bright and fine: a new pop talent that has found its way alone, undiluted, electrifying, boundless in its ambition.

CARAMEL

London based dream-pop group Caramel take influence from 60s & 70s pop/psychedelia, Italian Giallo film soundtracks of the 70s, Electronica and soundscapes.

LEYMA

British solo artist Leyma (born Max Hanley) is an exciting new talent from East London. Creating music since the age of nine, today the 18-year-old has crafted his own lo-fi sound, fusing hip-hop, indie and R&B with his uniquely observational and personal lyrics.

Leyma made his debut in November 2017 with ‘W O R S T’, a 4-track EP, recorded and self-produced in his bedroom. The self-released single ‘youtreatme’ was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, receiving over 300k streams to date and rising.

+ BLAENAVON DJs

Boniface / Caramel / Leyma / Blaenavon (DJ)

06 Nov 2018

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

CRUMB

Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), Jonathan Gilad (drums) — is a New-York based band that formed in 2016. The group originally came together to develop and record a collection of songs Lila had written throughout college, a recording project that became their first self-titled ​Crumb ​EP. Locket​, the group’s sophomore EP, was created while members were split between New York and Boston and released in June 2017. Drawing influence from ’60s psych rock, dream pop, and jazz fusion, they continue to define their musical identity as a group.

Crumb

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£8.50

U.S. GIRLS

This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi- disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, ‘instant expressions’. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vega’s early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remy’s 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD

London experimental rocknroll goodness with added violin and saxophone

U.S. Girls / Black Country New Road

22 Nov 2018

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St
London
N1 2UD

7.00pm

£15

HATER

“Hater’s songs epitomize jangling grace as Caroline Landahl coos with maximum approachability.” NPR

“Their unique take on rock music feels familiar and lived-in, taking bits from indie-pop, post-punk and classic rock.” Stereogum

“Gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” Gorilla Vs Bear 

KRUSH PUPPIES

Slinking through South London’s lo-fi sanctities, today Krush Puppies release slacker serenade ‘PetalHead’. Their debut release, ‘PetalHead’ is 90s-tinged in its delivery and explosive in its dirty, grunge-ritten buildup.

‘Petalhead’ is for my twin sister”, Jenny explains. “She was feeling a long stretch of joylessness, as we both do sometimes - she lives in Mexico but I could feel her lack of spirit and wanted to send her a positive charm of some kind to connect us because I couldn't be with her.”

The lo-fi playground video for ‘Petalhead’ was filmed and edited by Krush Puppies bassist Alexa and her boyfriend Stephen. Mimicking the song’s foundations, the video also joins two places - a green screen day dream in London combined with surreal footage from a recent trip to America.

Meeting in South London, Jenny (lead vocals/guitar), Alexa (bass) and Jess (guitar) started the band on a fuck-it whim. Shortly after, Rebecca was recruited to provide righteous harmonies whilst Sam took his place on the drum kit. Practising in the studio Mellah built in Peckham and sharing a space with Alaskalaska, the band are already gaining a live reputation supporting the likes of Snail Mail.

In addition to this, Krush Puppies are releasing a 7” vinyl later this month with ‘PetalHead’ and b-side ‘Passata’.

SCROUNGE

Scrounge is Lucy and Luke. They are guitar, drums and a mic. The two members met at Goldsmiths, and immediately threw themselves into South London's fertile DIY arts scene with a number of projects. Eventually, these coalesced into Fame Throwa Records, an underground music and promotions collective operating predominantly around the Five Bells venue, and, most recently, the intense, genre-blending post-punk of Scrounge.

"A powerful, snarling statement of post-punk energy... a meteoric rising force who are able to intrigue, shock and utterly enthral." The Line of Best Fit

“They’re capable of juddering the socks off your feet, and rocking you quietly into a cry-sleep alike.” DIY Magazine

“Pretty much perfect.” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Lucy’s voice is something to admire; both rich and vociferous when required, the duo can sound like the sum of their numbers or rival a full quintet with their projected sound. Straddling between more psychedelic offerings with thoughtful lyricism to full-on outburst with supporting aggressive riffs. Whatever’s cooking in the Scrounge camp, the result is unmissable.” Fortitude Magazine

“Such raw talent.” Elise Cobain, BBC Radio 1/Amazing Radio

Hater / Krush Puppies / Scrounge

30 Oct 2018

+ Krush Puppies

+ Scrounge 

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

MUTUAL BENEFIT

Thunder Follows The Light, Jordan Lee’s ninth release as Mutual Benefit—one that finds balance between chaos and grace, beauty and devastation—began at night in rural New England. “There was a huge storm, so we decided to sit on the patio and listen,” remembers Lee. This patient and prismatic music, similarly, is so much about listening: to history, to the earth, to the person beside you, to yourself in a world that would prefer you didn’t.

“I became transfixed by the time in between the lightning and thunder. The silence thick with inevitability,” he continues. “While I was writing the record, everywhere I looked, I saw massive societal strain... from human-influenced ecological disasters to an openly white supremacist U.S. president to corporate greed exploiting people’s physical and emotional lives in new ways.” He wondered if the tumult we see today might even be just the initial strike of lightning, the warning sign before an imminent time more thunderous, more catastrophic.

PROTECTION SPELLS

Protection Spells are a London-based witchy dream pop. Finding their name from a Jason Molina EP, they write songs about magic and myths. Their music has been described as “a witch in an echo chamber” and “like a shrine maiden with the irritability of a kitten”.

Mutual Benefit / Protection Spells / Nighttime

30 Oct 2018

+ Protection Spells

+ Nighttime

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

DENA

"If it’s written in the stars", says a Bulgarian proverb. In a time shaped by uncertainty and disintegrating securities, trusting in the stars doesn’t seem too far fetched. "Last year, every conversation I had ended with this sentence", Dena explains, "before I had the album, I already had the title. It’s about believing and trusting in universal connections, trusting that everything will fall into place, eventually."
And all has indeed fallen into place: Four years after her​ début ​Flash, If It’s Written marks a new chapter in Dena’s musical and personal development. The product of major transformations in her life and work, ​If It’s Written is the work of a grown-up woman who has taken matters into her own hands. The record is a celebration of individuality and independence, for the first time Dena has taken over producing the majority of the tracks herself. "For me, this is major progress", she says, "from writing the first song for this album to this point, it’s been such a journey." It took two different versions and four mixes, but now that circle came to a closing​ and ​If It’s Written is ready to be released unto the world.

LEYMA

British solo artist Leyma (born Max Hanley) is an exciting new talent from East London. Creating music since the age of nine, today the 18-year-old has crafted his own lo-fi sound, fusing hip-hop, indie and R&B with his uniquely observational and personal lyrics.
Leyma made his debut in November 2017 with ‘W O R S T’, a 4-track EP, recorded and self-produced in his bedroom. The self-released single ‘youtreatme’ was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, receiving over 300k streams to date and rising.

Dena / Leyma

18 Oct 2018

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£8

G FLIP

Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist G Flip, born Georgia Flipo, fell in love with the drums as a kid and travelled the US as a touring drummer in her early 20s. Never one to sit still, Georgia then locked herself in her bedroom studio for all of 2017 and taught herself how to write and produce her own songs.

While incubating her new project, Georgia created a round LCD screen for the front of her hand-made kick drum which can display any imagery, video or content that Georgia can dream up. This is Je Ro Mo, G Flip’s animated “talking drum kit” – named for Jenny Rose Morrish, her late drum teacher.

Her self-produced debut single ‘About You’ is an addictive, bittersweet shard of shimmering pop, inspired by her “hectic, toxic, cinematic” on-off relationship. It builds from a dreamy murmur into a cathartic tumble of layered synths and syllables, with her clean, spacious drumming taking front and centre. It was the very first track Georgia pieced together, recorded in a day in her bedroom studio into “a shitty mic from Cash Converters”.

G Flip is the real thing: unfiltered, driven and bursting out of her bedroom with ideas to burn.

This show has been rescheduled from 2018. All original tickets remain valid. If you are not able to attend this new date, please contact your point of purchase for a refund.

G Flip

15 May 2019

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£9

SPEEDY ORTIZ

"Necessary brattiness" is the motto for Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015's Foil Deer, the band's latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society's margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being "outrageous and practical" in order to be heard at all.

"You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffling world," says Dupuis. "I call it a ‘twerp verse' when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish – like a Lil Wayne verse – but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth.”

Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze's Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych pop outfit Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums – and together they accelerate the band's idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis' heady reflections on sex, lies and audiotape.

Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, propels the band's brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb's biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship in 2018. Now as public pushback against the old guards reaches a fever pitch – in the White House, Hollywood and beyond – the band fires shots in disillusioned Gen Y theme "Lucky 88," and casts a side-eye towards suitors-turned-monsters in the cold-blooded single "Villain." Closing track "You Hate The Title" is a slinky traipse through the banality of this current moment in patriarchy – in which survivors are given the mic, but nitpicked over the timbre of their testimonies. "You hate the title, but you’re digging the song," Dupuis sings wryly, "You like it in theory, but it’s rubbing you wrong." Tuned smartly to the political opacity of the present, Twerp Verse rings clear as a bell.

DOE

Since forming in early 2013 Doe have built a UK following with their unique brand of 'wonky alt-pop' (Clash Magazine). The band's influences are rooted in 90s indie-rock, but their songwriting style and lyrical content place them very much in the present. Off-kilter time signatures, intertwining guitars and the vocal-interplay between guitarist Nicola Leel and drummer Jake Popyura stand as clear markers of a band completely at ease with themselves. Their songs pack power but are also loaded with a wry sense of humour.

In September 2016 Doe released their debut full length 'Some Things Last Longer than You', produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms / Suburban Home Studio). The album impressed critics and made it on to several end of year lists, most notably landing at 6th place on ABC News' Best Albums of the Year. The Quietus branded STLLTY 'the kind of record that will stir and inspire you during moments of existential crisis'

Live, Doe are a formidable presence and bring a frantic energy to every performance. The trio's ambitions are only getting bigger and they have now been granted the PRS for Music Foundation‘s Momentum Fund to work on their second album, due for release in 2018. As noted by ABC News, 'Doe might just become one of your new favourite bands.'

EX VOID

Ex-Vöid is a new musical group featuring former Joanna Gruesome members Owen Williams & Alanna McArdle.

After having written two short albums of 'critically acclaimed' hyper-aggressive pop music, touring the capitalist west, and winning a kind of 'National Music Prize' with Joanna Gruesome, McArdle & Williams went their separate ways.

Following the split, McArdle (a Gemini) began a lucrative career selling occult & astrological speculations to various lifestyle magazines, while Williams (an Aquarius) earned a small monthly allowance playing electric guitar in the notoriously pathetic, prostration-centered Punk-Rock group The Snivellers.

After a chance meeting at a contemporary dance class, McArdle and Williams began to discuss working together again. Ideas were formed during breaks in their weekly sessions and, eventually, Laurie Foster (a Cancer) and Kester Davies (a Pisces) -- also students from the class -- were recruited as a 'rhythm section'. Jonny Coddington (a Leo) later joined on guitar.

Taking influence equally from Black Sabbath's “Into The Void”,  D.C.-area hardcore legends “VOID,” and Raincoats number “The Void”, the group 'Ex-Vöid' was formed and began to compose short power-pop songs with titles like "Boyfriend," "Angry (At You Baby)," "Lying (To You Baby)," and "My Baby Is a Communist."

Speedy Ortiz / Doe / Ex Void

17 Oct 2018

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

SNAIL MAIL

Snail Mail, the moniker of 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan, will release its full-length debut in 2018, following the 2016 release of its introductory EP, Habit. The Baltimore singer, songwriter, and guitar prodigy is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster, having bowled them over with her powerhouse vocals, preternaturally wise lyrics, and mind-bogglingly technical compositions.

Snail Mail’s Habit EP was quickly noticed by both national press outlets and touring bands alike, landing Jordan the kind of attention that most of Mary Timony’s guitar students (yes, for real, she’s been classically trained for over thirteen years AND studied under fellow Matador guitar wiz Timony, while also juggling hockey practice) can only dream of -- a New York Times Sunday Arts cover, a Pitchfork Rising feature, a FADER Gen F feature, a spotlight in V Magazine, and tours with Girlpool, Priests, and Waxahatchee.

HACHIKU

Hachiku is the brainchild of German bedroom-producer Anika Ostendorf, 24 who writes and produces her home-made dream pop (think: Grimes, Perfume Genius and early CocoRosie) from whichever bedroom she is currently inhabiting.

Snail Mail / Hachiku

13 Nov 2018

+ Hachiku