Sheppard Robson Presents: The Oxjam Festival @ The Dublin Castle, Camden. A one off charity musical extravaganza in aid of Oxfam at the Dublin Castle! 5 great bands (you may recognize some familiar faces from the office). All proceeds go to Oxfam. In an iconic London music venue, host to some of the biggest acts in rock and roll history (Blur, Madness, Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Amy Winehouse to name a few). You can also donate via our justgiving website https://www.justgiving.com/SROxjam To put things into perspective: £100 could feed 14 families – after a crisis, this gives people food vouchers to exchange with local traders. £500 could help to educate 26 children – this could mean training a teacher, buying school books, improving a classroom or working with governments to make improvements. £1000 could buy 40 goats – locally sourced and vaccinated, they produce milk to drink, fertilizer for crops and kids to take to the market. However much we raise, we are making a real and positive impact on the lives of people living in poverty! BANDS… The Blue Pursuit- (House band for The Dublin’s Open Mic Tuesdays) Breaking Dad- Rumour has it that the bass player from Breaking Dad was the original bassist for The Smiths! They play an eclectic mix of covers and originals with influences ranging from..erm.. The Smiths, and early 90’s Madchester baggie era. Get ready to ‘twist your Madferrit melons maan!’ all night long! Iterations- Rumour has it the drummer from Iterations was the original drummer for S Club Juniors! With influences ranging from Marvin Gaye,through to Queen and Royal Blood, get ready for Iterations of some familiar sounds. Tower of Dad- Rumour has it the guitarist from Tower of Dad was the original guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News! Get your funky motown Classic 60’s R and B dancing shoes on, because this band are going have you throwing disco stu shapes all night long!
Jonny Halifax and The Howling Truth- psych fuzz rocknroll with beautifully bent guitar parts and a Jon Spencer meets Bob Log wonky weirded out wonder at all times…one one man band that fills the auditorium with beatific bastard blues, yowsah. Some Country Teasers/M.E.S madness too fo sho- Julian Cope Says…“Slitherin’ electro-programmed slide guitar driven mung worship sounds like the Bayou by way of Vladivostock.”Junkyard choir-Stomping fuzzed up garage blues duo with a subtle post punk element that sets them apart from mere Black Keys copyists. Impassioned playing and strong tunes MDME SPKR- Nasty low slung narco punk with a girl singer with deliriously nasty vocal…part Niagra out of Destroy All Monsters, part disaffected rap chick. There’s a nice stoner element here, but there’s also a bit of Cramps twang and garageness and a bit of Fallabilly about it. Sounds great, loads of tood, loads of prowling malevolence. Their current material is really heavy and wonderfully fraught, echoing Black Flag, Black Sabbath and Big Black…that’s a lot of groovy noir! Launching their startling ‘Humanoid EP’ tonight. Dem Bones- Ska tinged rock influenced by yer u.s. bands but quite an interesting sound sprawls into mariachi garage rock, the SKA influence is there as in early Clash but not overbearing and the singers a bit Iggy. Fab
Love And War-Cerebal 80’s tinged pop, really slick production sorta reminds of Talk Talk in places, has that wistfully psychedelic vibe withundercurrents of mid 70’s floyd. The Rose Hotel-slinky Stonesy swaggerings…the Jagger of Some Girls is very much in the vocal here- the music takes in Atlantic soul as much as the Stones..brass in there, and some deft guitar picking. Jazz tinged bluesology aplenty.The Scarletts-Hooky indie rock with an abrasive skuzzed up vibe bit like early artic monkeys, without really sounding like ‘em. Good stuff..Halcyon Days- Electro pop with a bit of an ’80’s feel also sounds a bit like Electronic, nice tunes all pretty hooky…but maybe not Hooky…Daisy Chains-Indie classique a pleasing jangle to the guitars and a voice that soars in the choruses, great vocal actually
The Neverists- chanelling Jeff Buckley and filtering him through “Rite of Spring” period Talk Talk is an audacious artistic move….and it works well, indeed bloody celestial in places. Harsh Blue- nice upbeat and uplifting post Joy Division/New Order type fare with bright melodic keys, vigorous layers of guitars and a wide eyed optimistic vocal.. Lightning Seeds, Icicle Works, late era Stranglers…good. I Cried On TV- sinewey garage guitar and a busy bee of a drummer, and Mr Seamus upfront…his croonsome voice sits really well with this despite its abrasive punkiness, The Kills spring to mind but actually quite a unique sound. Only Braves- Gushingly optimistic pop rock with intricate harmonizing and big bombastic choruses, the preserve of Radio 1 you might say…and you can really see these fellas breaking thru…The Baskervilles- an emotively wired vocal, coming on like an indie Roy Orbison…kinda…or Gene Pitney- anyway the guy emotes, there’s some nice strings going on and it’s all quite Tinderdticks (sans the Staples effect) or Cinerama….widescreen romantic indie with boho passion aplenty. Norwich in the house….they do take on a more mainstream indie loud bit quiet bit Monkeys Arctic thing too and the quality is there
Queen’s Troubadour- jazz fusion and soul imbued rock with lots of wigged out wiggly playing and a frontman with tood agogo and an edgy, exciting vocal…something of Weather Report in the playingor progressively soulfulin the sense of Stevie Wonder circa Inner Visions etc…Wonderfully engaging. .Dubvocalizamusic- Groovy Summer toned fare built on reggae and dub foundations but there’s elements of rock, especially the Dave Gilmour guitar and a nod to Massive Attack, all quite trippy, indeed groovy like we said. Original gritty lyrical dub-fusion soulful spongie reggae drawing inspiration from Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Marley natch… Cats On The Beach- classic alt/indie songcraft and performance with nods to The Cure, Radiohead and The Libertines. Great stuff. Coates- high energy solo proclaimings…like Billy Bragg if he’d been given a bit of a pop makeover….a touch of Jamie T- actually sounds quite reminiscent of Bristolian one man band Rodney Allan…catchy choons, solo but with a riddim section live. Got plenty potential.
Jackal’s Rose- with a rousing vocal from the Steve Ignorant/Crass school of punk protest and some striking music in a more post-punk Joy Division/Killing Joke vein (albeit with some wigout lead guitar on top more akin to Paul Fox from The Ruts in Hendrixy mode)..Jackals are certainly a fab live proposition..searing. Lilith’s Army- highly accomplished female fronted alt rock. Stand Down- Slowburning alt-rock featuring a shimmering psychedelic build-up before the LOUD guitars kick in, the afore-mentioned build-up sounds like Stone Roses on Second Coming and the loud bit is an impressive burst of Muse-esque dynamism…Chased By Karma- ex members from Understand and Pepperman and their ‘original blend of melodic alternative rock’…Pearl Jam meets Pink Floyd, dynamic, emoting, groovy. Last Known State- pretty stonking alt rawk with a bluesy pop appeal and elements of RHCP, Zep and Sabs…done damn good.Arcade Fortress- A punked up grunge lunge with searing metally guitars Foo Fighters by way of Biffy Clyro
King With No Throne- Loungy electro chill out. Minimalist like The XX or M83. Euphoric in places, and nicely produced, this Swiss-aussie duo have some Pink Floyd (at their darkest) influences too, and have a very cinematic approach.. lots of Mogwai touches and build up moments… Modern Minds- bright and shiny indie pop moderne with a commercial U2 sound and plenty of wide eyed proclaiming and soul searchin’…it’s dun reeal gud…some big pop tunes in here like ‘Escape’ which you can definitely hear pumping outta XFM. 14 Carat Grapefruit- This is an old school band back together because of a “mid-life crisis”! Well they are a nasty but nice comedy punker type affair, and kick plenty ass amidst the grunge punk ferocious humour.
Last Known State- stonking alt rawk with a bluesy pop appeal and elements of RHCP, Zep and Sabs…dun gud. Mystified-Grunge pop with a dexterous lead guitar riffing in a nirvana manner the one minute and doing intricate proggy little runs the next. But the secret weapon here is the female singer, she’s got a helluva range and sings with true verve like bjork via kate bush thru lene lovitch, dramatic stuff. If i’d compare ‘em to anything it’d be pixies via deus, but i think this lot have quite a unique sound The Gallerys -are a 3 piece band with an upbeat and powerful performance that you cannot afford to miss. Their music is an enjoyable, meaningful journey inspired by bands such as The Who, The Verve, Oasis and The Jam. People can relate to the songs and have a great time, a must see.
Olaf Olafsonn and the Big Bad Trip- Olaf Olafsonn and the Big Bad Trip- ‘Psychedelic noises from hell’…just how we like our psychedelic noises…awesome, over driven, over wrought and over here…hurrah. Champagne Charlies- Libertines/Monkeys type stuff with (hey!) over driven instruments and some punchy but joyfully shambolic playing..A catchy tune is never far from the table and it gets a little agreeably ’90s slacker in tone.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 24 Oct
+ King Hammond and The Rude Boy Mafia + Skabretta + Hometown HIFI + DJs We Got Killers
King Hammond and The Rude Boy Mafia with the Queen of lovers rock Susan Cadogan plus Skabretta and DJs. Introduced to the reggae buying public by the one and only Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry back in the day Susan Cadogan possesses a voice of silken delicacy and lusty power combined. Her cover of Millie Jackson‘s ‘Hurt So Good’ can certainly be said to have superseded the original and became a massive UK hit beloved of skins and soulboys n gals alike..Ms Cadogan often returns to her other life immersed in literature but has come back from time to time with great music made alongside the likes of The Mad Professor and Glen Adams…and tonight with Britain’s undisputed King of ska and reggae Nick Welsh AKA King Hammond…from a nascent career in early punk bands thru song writing, bass and vocal duties with Bad Manners, The Selector and wonderful work with the likes of Prince Buster and Lee Perry (that great man again), Nick’s very own Brit rudeboy reggae flame keepers Skaville UK have morphed into the intensified Rude Boy Mafia…what a show this will be, with excellent pop ska skank supreme care of Skabretta and Hometown HIFI who feature members of noughties West of London zippy indie skank merchants Hard Fi…Big Boutcha!
Dan Omari- Dan Omari returns to the stage on his first UK independent tour, keeping his track record for live performance and energised yet emotive experiences. Dan Omari is ready to hit the road. After his sell out show in his home town, at The Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, he is now set to take over London, Manchester and Wolverhampton on his all new Alchemy Tour. Get ready for a night of high energy alongside silk overtones mixed in with dance and a stage presence naturally built within him that is guaranteed to entertain.God yeah this guy’s got a fab voice /delivery ….it’s deep soul done with downbeat nu rnb electronica stylee…has a great voice as I said and some intelligent, inspired songcraft to match.
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons- You know it’s nearly Hallowe’en when Pussycat and her dawgs are back in the DC to sear the flesh offa the slimiest zonbies and blunt the fangs of the vampiest vampires with their blistering garagabilly punknroll. Fierce, fiery, sey, sassy and punk as hell, we dig em.If you dig The Cramps, Sex Pistols, The Stooges and Guana Batz so will you. Honey- 2 girls on bass and guitar and matching blonde hair for the shaking vigorously thereof…boy drummist keeps it pretty…think a female oriented Nirvana and Hole too! Grand work, a really nice vocal, a shimmering aspect to the guitar, kinda punk grunge in touch with it’s feminine side, nice. Team New Band- 5 piece rock band from Brighton that take to the punky pop with fly female vox thang most beatifically and thus sound like a cross between Blondie and The Subways. Hana Piranha- gypsy punk with some deft violin courtesy of Hana, who also sings…a hint of The Clash maybe via Gogol Bordello but also has an identity all its own. Even a rapper which works great too. Kaufmann Frust- moody lofi artnik German artists…crisp guitars, dissonant passages but lots of melody..Blonde Redhead and stuff like that…but quite slomo and downbeat…a bit of Joy Division, and some nifty surf guitars gone post rock.
The Cesarians / Pure White Speed- Imagine Arab Strap jamming with the Bad Seeds after a wild night in some dive bar they’ll never find again. Think of a tighter Birthday Party reeling elegantly from chorus to verse yet smashing the furniture up in the process. Iggy struts and Jacques Brel drains the optics. Pure White Speed will keep you awake. And knock you out.
There are two sides to every story and the Cesarians offer both on two discs (artwork by Saatchi art-star Jonny Green). Ray Staff (David Bowie, Led Zeppelin) masters and Teo Miller (Blur, Placebo, Penthouse) mixes prowling piano and intricate strings, honking stabs of brass and pile thundering drums. Gentle melodies settle, dragster-noise bass snorts and cutting his way through the rising smoke, Charlie Finke dispenses lyrical exhilaration, paranoia and bliss, restlessness and rapture.
Pure White Speed opens all the wounds that the Cesarians’ eponymous predecessor (recorded by Craig Leon in Abbey Road) could only briefly show you. It goes deeper. It cuts, it bleeds, it hurts, it soothes. It gives a sudden rush then introspection follows, it tells you to fuck off then wants you in its arms. It has poison on its lips but it makes the pain go away. Try it once. Then take it again. Get Your Vinyl copy tonight.
The Greasy Slicks- The Sicks’ zippy blues based pop rock has turned many a head in the know, and no wonder what with their crisp riddims and crisper still taut and tasty guitar parts played a la G Love And Special Sauce meets Beck via Seasick Steve. Their own blurb reckons they sound like Flink Poyd, Hohn Jee Looker, Virnana, Greter Peen’s Meetwood Flac…the road can do this to a man…They get nicely psychedelic and although at times channel a little more Led Zep than Jefferson Airplane, there’s always a solid, impassioned vocal delivery and great guitar playing. A contrast to The Cesarians but one you’re going to very much dig.
John Otway- Boldly proclaiming himself in celluloid ‘Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure’ John Otway is a proper PROPER living leg end of eccentric British pop music. With one foot in the Syd’s Floyd psychedelic ’60s and another in his very own brand of sardonic if joyfully whimsical pub rock Otway was well placed to pique the interest of the punk and new wave audiences of the mid ’70s, which opened the doors to all kind of fabulous fare, hence his biggest hit in 1977 alongside Wild Willy Barrrett performing the still glorious and uber fresh sounding(and artsy indiepop with lyricsl irony prefacing) ‘Really Free’…with other classics like ‘Headbutt’ , ‘Bunsen Burner’ and ‘Beware Of The Flowers’ Otway soon developed a loyal following of comedy (who can forget his hilarious guest spot on The Young Ones?) and rock fans alike… it’s been a very long time since John Otway has graced the Dublin Castle stage so we’re cock a hoop to welcome him back for this very special show…. the support aint too shabby neither…. Alan Clayson when with his Argonauts impinged on national consciousness in the late 1970s – contemporaries of Tom Robinson, John Otway (natch), Elvis Costello and Wreckless Eric. Indeed, Melody Maker decided that ‘Clayson occupies a premier position on rock’s Lunatic Fringe’. A Clayson and the Argonauts double-CD retrospective, Sunset On A Legend, was released in December 2005, prompting an expedient reformation of the group for a belated ‘farewell performance’, the first of many….. Mr Clayson has also hammered keyboards for Dave Berry and then the late Screaming Lord Sutch, been musical director and bass player for Swinging Sixties chanteuseTwinkle, widely trod the boards theatrically and written around thirty books such as Beat Merchants (a definitive study of the British beat boom), authorised histories of The Yardbirds and The Troggs – and Death Discs, also the subject of a programme he scripted and presented on BBC Radio Two (‘Clayson’s show is as wacky as anything else you will hear on Radio Two’ – The Guardian) and more recently became Frank Zappa‘s ‘official biographer’,what a guy!
Alan will appearing sans Argonauts tonight but rest assured the golden fleece of joy shall be yours!
Head Of Light Entertainment-NE England based cheeky poppers… nice skipping riddims and washes of colour care of interesting mixed instrumentation and a bright little indie folk pop vocal fulla pop chops…ah and here comes some Farfisa type organ….I’m sold. Coming on like Belle And Sebastian as if re-imagined by The Colorblind James Experience for a Lionel Bart musical… Bear Suit…them too. Trash Green-Classic indie referencing The Smiths in particular but also elements of Suede and My Life Story, nicely hooky and playedn with conviction and Jesus hooligan-Twisted art punk combo with a Stomp-esque rhythm section bolted on, ie there’s a crew hitting percussive instruments fashioned from barrels in a tribal manner in the foreground as band thrash away with much aplomb at the back. Visually arresting and quite a unique sound
The Grizzlies-Alt-rock from Switzerland described by their national radio station as ‘’the missing link between Motörhead and NOFX.’’ also elements of Mth rock bands like U.S maple and a possible nod to Sonic Youth Tropisches Tier-Dark soundscapey psychedelic rock a moterik beat and sparse but effective guitar textures and the odd sample, mainly instrumental, there’s the odd dislocated vocal, compelling and hypnotic Delta Dawn- Soaring indie rock with intricate melodies but huge rousing choruses, hints at Elbow in places, without really sounding like ‘em see also Doves locks-Upbeat yet reflective and at times dark indie blues from a pretty unique female singer-sonrwriter “mesmerizing quality” quoth Steve Lamacq and we’d agree with that, stirring stuf
Thingumabob & the Thingumajigs-Whacky and indeed zany funky pop comedique. They imply ukuleles and old tea dance style instrumentation but they aint no Bonzos… Picture a 30s Vaudeville act playing disco, 60s pop and film soundtrack kitsch….well, why not..Violence By Braille- Having worked as a visceral and confrontational (in a chipper manner) Billy Bragg-esque solo performer doing acoustic punk now with full band again….Indigo Fire-Snappy indie pop with soaring choruses and insistent hooks Olivia & The Saint-Fantastic vocals uber-dramatic in places but with the soulfulness of A Winehouse, there’s some nice fuzzed up guitar, and overall jazz tinged psychedelic pop vibe, at times dark and melancholic others more up-beat and summery, great stuff
The Vintage Society- Female fronted trio chanelling The Kills/The Dead Weather. with an impressively unique vocal and some skuzzed up dirty raw blues guitar. Joe Booley-Joe’s music belies his youth, deeply intense with clever, witty lyrics expressing himself, his loves, his losses and the pain of life, some stirringly subtle harmonic guitar, pulls his songs together beautifully. It’s a masterfully mesmerising sound from a truly original singer/songwriterHaze- Spiky garage rock nice driving strokes-ey guitars, hooky tunes which bristle with a Libertines-esque energy From The Cave-Dreamy, soundscapey alt pop nicely melodic, decently hooky a sweeping fully realized sound, fine work
Glass Host- cyclical riffs with delay FX, clattering drums, a sort of 90s Floyd meets The Police vibe musically via female vocal in the Fleetwood Mac/Haim area. A little bit of early 80s King Crimson perhaps? Suits me Sir.Dirty Falcon-powerful riff ridingly writhing rock and roll not a million miles away from The Electric 6 but with a Britrock swarthiness and some Pistols and Zep punch in the proceedings. Great tunes for jumping around and shouting ‘Hell yeah’ too…Florence Black-Not a female folk artist but a full-bore grunge lunge. Insicive riffage a taut and muscular rhythm section and an impassioned lead vocal, nods to Nirvana in places but they’ve classic metal chops too and strong tunes
Rubbish OasisTributeBand- Wryly named after them Gallagher boyos penchant for rubbishing other bands in interviews please dn’t be put off by this suitably sardonic humour… luckily these fellas ain’t rubbish at all…hence their the Fauxasis of choice with the official Oasis fanclub. You’ll be stunned by the proximity of their expression of the classics (and yes, they do all the classics) to the waxings you know and love….and they even leave a little room for a bit of individual expression, but it’s all cool…and to paraphrase Liam you should be arsed to come to this gig. Noel may well be along to reclaim his 1999 whisky and coke…The Legendary Too Drunk- are indeed legendary round this parish…taking the twin towers of punk rock (’60s garage and ’70s back bedroom) and mangling them beautifully into a pissed and pithy Ramones cum Standells joyful pop noise. Glorious…they might have a new album to sell ya too… The Chaos Brothers- Mature punks playing crowd-pleasing covers such as Kids Are United, Teenage Kicks, I Wanna Be Your Dog. Will steer clear of Oasis tunes tonite in respeck of the headline… The Bearded Ladies- jaunty indie pop with the Gillete Ladyshave of Rock firmly applied to the stubborn stubble of Roll.
Belter Xmas Partay!.. Belter- ‘Punk for grown-ups who like a dance’ Camden-born post-post-punk heroes. The Clash and the Buzzcocks, a little Smiths and plenty of on stage excitement. The Things- Semi-legendary 1980s Manc band, recently reformed and set to relive their brilliant psych punk rumble- where you can find superb ex Buzzcocks drummer John Maher after the fabulous rush of all them singles going steady….Johann Kloos- Salford solo pop maverick…think of Pete Shelley‘s early solo punky electronica and a little hollersome art punk lofi of the Alternative TV variety then you’re in the one man berserker ballpark of Mr Kloos. The Elder State- Liverpool-based rock trio made up of of ex-members of bands that bagged record and publishing deals and a Peel Session, including Kill Laura, Fiasco, Voo and the Van Buhren Brothers. Loping Pavement/Fall type sounds through ghostly vocals and eerie melodies redolent of The Chills or The Go Betweens.