The Demi-Monde- Aaah, the legend that is Mr Jowe Head, of late yer main man in Angel Racing Food but also former Palookas and Swell Maps bass manipulator- yes the man with the full moon in his pocket will be on the DC stage tonite and will share it with you… The Demi-Monde have evolved a great line-up and a remarkable line in the kind of fractured psych pop you’d expect from this proper post punk hero. of Arrowe Hill- The world’s greatest ‘hauntological’ prosaic London/Liverpool psychedelicists O.A.H…always a wonderful proposition, their next long player has a WW1 theme and is about to drop on our lucky lugs, meanwhile the fantastically affecting ‘1914’ single is available to buy..a groovy field recording styled snapshot of a ghostly world of yoore, nothing quite like it out there..so buy it!Dinosaur Crush- super chipper female fronted pop punk with a loose TVPs meets Shonen Knife appeal, but there’s a proper pop friendly approach to the vocal and their ouevre is chock fulla dead interesting little Buzzcocks cum Blondie cum Heartbreakers type rocking numbers . Likey muchy and so shall youey. Eyelid Movies- brilliant young band with progressivelyrealized but vehemently rocknroll alt rock leanings all done with pop eyed wonder. Like RRadiohead grew a pair.
Chased By Karma- ex members from Understand and Pepperman from the 1990′s. ‘original blend of melodic alternative rock’…Pearl Jam meets Pink Floyd would be a good indication where this highly accomplished, intelligent groove rock takes you. Blackdroid- Heavy as fook, clattering, battering, smattering punk metal…but thrash of an old type, proper thrashing drums not speeded up metronomes…groovy and unhinged as we like it. Falling Red- Newcastle’s super shlock n roll heroes promo their new ‘We Escaped A Cult’ single tonite…. expect a suitably reclkess roustabout rocknroll set set to stun. Uberkill- Blues rock/metal with some pretty tasty lead and a vocal reminiscent of Robert Plant in places, Sounds a bit like April Wine via Nazareth thru an early 80’s metal sound. Good shit. Jupiters Carnival- Funk and rhythm n blues playing tinged this alternative psych/heavy rock rock outfit, but it’s mainly about the lead guitar which is Randy California, BB King and Johnny Winter rolled into one. A flood of multiple crushed notes fluttering forth over a skittering drummer and solid bass. Classic blues rock 3 piece then. Though they span out into Neo surf Dick Dale type fare too. Good kit.
Medulla-Edgy, dramatic prog fuelled widescreen rock, elements of Muse but on a bit of a malevolent goth tip too My Cock Your Problem- Bunch of ne’er do wells as the controversy bating name suggests! All fixed up in weirdoid fancy dress and sounding like the more outre end of Butthole Surfers MCYP (inevitable acronym) have developed a freeform psychedelic swamp rock that makes The Fat Whites sound like Bombay Bicycle Club. ! Gloo- rousing shouty toxic punkness with wildass guitars and wilder singing via pounding rhythms and sensational sleaze rock mannerisms… getting a lot of exposure through Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and soon to be in the Unsigned Guide spotlight. Pistols via Alice Cooper/Stooges.
Revelin Sky-..Are a bit Stereophonics, a bit Razorlight, a bit Incubus and a bit Coldplay. And luckily more than a bit good. Stonking alt rock tuneology. Peacock Affect-Stripped down folk-noire rendered quite beautifully on sparse acoustic guitar with an emotive reflective vocal, compelling stuff.Sally Hossack-singer-songwriter with some nicely spacey acoustic guitar moves plus what could be a second highly detuned guitar and an ethereal vocal via found sounds and ambient ‘interference’ (magpie calls, clatterings) which makes for a nice change The songs kinda sprawl, fetchingly, indeed are modal trips but there’s still a catchy chorus here and there. Rickie Lee Jones could be a reference point but all pretty original. Cody Pennington- Country pop stylings from a young fragile voiced American (outta Nashville) singer songer…like a country pop rock take on Rufus Wainwright’s angsty blue eyed soul. Nice.
Empire Affair- a lot of emotion in the house, slowburning tunes that recall early U2 but with nice driving Strokes-like guitar. Winning formula. Belter-With an irrverent punky indie sound that snuggly fits in between Orange Juice and The Frank And Walters and Buzzcocks and most adroitly The Psychiatrists-. Fast punky high energy rocknroll with Ramones, Heartbreakers and Dr Feelgood in the mix. Really go at a reet old clip and have lots of ’77 style touches from slumming bass to woh woh bvs, but also some deft jangly guitar in between the riffology.
Zero-‘blues rock’ they say…I’m hearing some Knopfler-y guitar but the breathy and expressive female vocal is better than that term suggests. Great vocal in a Chrissie Hynde meets Kim Wilde cum Sam Brown mould. Nice understated songs. Gothic Lion-Dark broody blues rock 5 piece with a fuzzed up Black Keys angle musically but with a smokey female vocal with a jazzy nigh on Billie Holliday feel. Statue Thieves-The Statue Thieves’ edge comes with it’s laboratory-esque cooking of Mod rock, roots rock and roll, soul, and the kind of grooves found in hip hop, of folk, psychedelia, and mellow funk. Riverdales- mad and glad oddball folk…..picture The Quarrymen zipped forward in time and given LSD25 ….an arrestingly left of centre singalong with lofi vibes and charm agogo. An indie hiphop angle adds to the wonderful melange. Proper eccentric grooviness.
Playmaker- Are a London based indie rock band in the vein of Stone Roses, The Charlatans and Bluetones, with a bonzer Beatlesy pop ethic always to hand and some crunching Jam like anthemics at times.….groovy stuff.Fire at Night-crafted rock pop with a post Radiohead post Supergrass crossover vibe- and they’re not even from Oxford! Sound great, got tunes, play well, ideas aplenty I say with respect- you’re fucked in the head’…nice. (‘It Grows’…great number) Cowboy Hat and That Fuzzbox Voodoo-Fired upBlues rock with a backdrop of blue collar Americana. Subterranean Popular-Gritty grunge rock with a raw Stooges feel in places, also nodding to the punker side of Nirvana.Trevors Head-Dynamic bluesey grunge rock Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, maybe Foo Fighters but with a rootsier 70′s hard rock feel, Free, Led Zep
Doors from 7.15
£6/£4.50 on the door
Fri 12 Dec
King Hammond and Skaville UK
+ Roddy Radiation + Mr Kowalski + Skabretta + DJ Rob 'Double Barrell' Powell
Yes yes yes! For one night only the Christmas Ska Party of all festive skank fests…this show will get yer chestnuts warmed through perfectly and thoroughly roast the turkey of all would be pretenders! The King and The Skabilly Rebel in tandem at the Home Of Ska And 2 Tone, The Dublin Castle…..book early… plus special guest DJs playing ska, soul, reggae, punk and rhythm n blues… with full skantastique supporting bill…
Ordinary Noise- Finding a little of that Arcade Fire angst in here can be misleading as Ordinary Noise are something a lot more interesting… classical guitar plucked expertly and frantically with a soaring vocal and some of the most intense performances imaginable. A kind of Latino tinged Foals gone post punk. Lois-retro pop with a late 60′s brit pop dynamic, really anthemic choruses and many a dramatic flourish, manages to reference all manner of great bands from the distant past whilst still sounding contemporary. Hugo Valentine- Beatlesy type songs performed by solo act with full band- I say Beatles…I’m also getting Jamie Cullen and a lot of Gilbert O’ Sullivan- really digging that early Gilbert vibe here! Folk and jazz touches plus jaunty piano led pop from school of Ben Folds. Admirable, agreeable! Jonny Payne- Singer from Deer Chicago (Oxfordian artnik soul searchers supreme) in fine solo mode.
Fireyed-Hard hittin’ heavy rock with some incisive riffage tight as the Gnats proverbial rhythm section and gutsy vocals harks back to N.w.o.b.h.m bands by way of Pantera, impressive stuff. Acts of Vengeance- Old school thrash, sounds a lot like early Metallica via Slayer in fact the singer is a bit of a ringer for James Hetfield. Naked Saints- Sanctifying Rock vis the naughty naked nudity of Roll.. Sufferance-Ferocious metal-core, has it’s moments of melody though and some interesting proggy elements, an impassioned performance with a snappy production. Nods to the likes of Mastodon in places but pretty much their own sound.
CABAN aims to bring fresh up and coming music from Wales AND all around the UK to the London music scene. We launched on Tamesis Dock with Us Baby Bear Bones, Tom Morley, Swnami and Casi Wyn. The Dublin Castle will be Caban’s new monthly home in partnership with Bugbear. Expect lots of really cool bands with hot to trot credentials assured. Such as Houdini Dax tonite… fresh from touring India no less Welsh wonders HD are a real treat for fans of The Beatles, The Coral, The La’s and The Kinks. Classical British popular music with 3 piece harmonies that kill. Kizzy Crawford- Young female singer songer outta Cymru with a sweet jazzy approach and some lovely floaty melodies and raffish vibes aplenty. A delightfully adventurous thing mostly performed in her mother tongue.
New Love Engine- Dream pop with some lovely glacial guitar and a vocal reminiscent of Thom York. Nice use of light and shade the heavier moments remind of Mew, whilst the more reflective nod to Radiohead. Pretty Rascals-Do a pleasingly clanging version of Come Together by the Beatles, a nicely noisey indie rock combo with plenty of attack and verve. Zoo Harmonics- Catchy upbeat and slightly emo-tinged pop punk experience, Blink 182 meets New Found Glory via Yellowcard. From Tel Aviv Israel.
The Cortege- WILDEBEATS- Kooky, exhuberant noise pop… sounds a bit like Devo on a grunge tip. Fuzzed up guitars thrashy drums and an un-hinged vocal. Good fun. Phil Black- One man art punk terrorizer supreme. Yelping in a Mark Perry/Billy Childish manner over some punkishly nigh on malfunctioning Cabaret Voltaire type electronica. BullyBones-Garage punk that really goes for the throat, clearly influenced by the rawer Nuggets bands but played with real passion and verve. And at a fair old clip. Good stuff. White Ape- the wonderful White Ape get a wigout White Apemas under way warly doors tonight so make sure yous kids are lined up half 7 with yer ears primed for their unique kick of piratical punk, scattershot ska and grinding neo garage. On their second acclaimed EP now and beginning to turn some of them heads…
Dog Gone-an interesting blend of counter culturally adrift late 60s into 70s progressive rocknroll and cheeky pop…something of Richard Thompson what with the lilt of folk in here and the clever guitar playing but it’s direct and garagey too…a bit new wavey in fact. Like it. Sort of The Soft Boys meets The Monkees in garage mode! Depot Day- The Blues.. with a groovy r n b infused rockabilly twist, quite garagey in places too a pretty unique sound. Amberland- Indie folk, with a bit more bite than most in this genre a mournful vocal juxtaposed beautifuly with electronica and piano. Sort of The Velvet Underground meets Fairport Convention with a hint of Radiohead
Blue Motel-A dark brown croon over some odd little refrains played on guitar and keys – puts you in mind of Earland And The Carnival meets Black or something like Eyeless In Gaza meets Richard Hawley- nice baroque feel, slightly psychedelic and/or loungey but prone to burst into left field indie rocknrollings replete with wah wah freak out guitar soloing…then back to the oddball refrains…nice.. good players with ideas.Cats On The Beach-New wave pop with driving guitars and insistent melodies, bit like the Only Ones, but with a louche Pete Doherty-esque vocal and some well placed mournful trumpet on their less edgy slower tunes.Some Kind Of Leader-Psychedelic pop from Wales with a nod to Americana, beautifully melodic but also moments of subtle heaviosity, references , , Rain Parade, The Chills, Flying Burrito Bros. This is great, really strong tunes, neat production and pretty much their own sound,
Das Fluff-Dark, compelling electro rock with some striking analogue synth sounds and a Marlene Dietrich like lead singer. Palmetto-Blissfull electro pop with a decidedly 80′s feel catchy tunes with slick production, think Tears for Fears and Genesis Halcyon Days- Hooky danceable pop with an electro interface reminisent of New Order and Electronica in places without really sounding like either
Dead Circles-Highly melodic post grunge with a nicely overdriven guitar sound, big anthemic choruses and soulful vocals, sorta reminds of Kings Of Leon but an edgier more abrasive take on things. TurboWitch-Searing alt-rock with some nifty axe-work an impassioned performance along the lines of Queens of the stone-age, but throwing blues shapes too low slung sleaze rock with a tight Monster Magnet feel..Limb To Limb- crisp, economically performed hard rock like ZZ Top meets Back In Black era AC/DC on some serious navel contemplating narcotics.
The Beautiful Game-Exhuberent indie pop with driving punky guitars and insistent hooks and convincing singalong choruses, have been compared to the buzzcocks, which you can hear, there’s deffo a new wave element to this but it’s more of an indie rock beast than a punk-pop one. Deadwall- Four piece from Leeds, sometimes loud and sometimes quiet; toeing the line between beauty and brutality. Delicate falsettos are supported by wonderfully free guitar, ridged mellotrons and ruined, tape worn arrangements. They meander from glistening chamber pop to the shoegazer moments of college rock – described by the NME as containing, “glimpses of Big Star and the more stoned elements of Dinosaur Jr.”.The Actions-nice crisp pop feel with airy female vocal- puts me in mind of The Photos or Martha and The Muffins- a bit new wave-ish…see also Garbage what with the hifi techy edge and a smidge of No Doubt. A touch of Vampire Weekend style indie pop dynamics but via broader ideas encompassing arty dance music elements and Floyd-ish symphonics and loftiness. Nice songs, nice feel, good ideas, stuff going on here. Hudson Super Six- Superb blend of slinky QOTSA style grit n grind alt rock and shout em out quirky Britrock taking in a little old school Deep Purple groove. A fantastic low slung beast… you wont be surprised when you consider these guys have some roots in excellent UK math grunge pop wonders Cable…
Legendary Manchester band Dub Sex announce their first London show for over 26 years! In 2014 the band reformed for a limited number of shows and festival appearance including breath-taking performances at Kendal Calling and Manchester’s Sound Control. DUB SEX frontman Mark Hoyle: “The shows this year have been very special, Dub Sex are sounding better than ever. We always loved playing in London; we can’t wait for this one. It’s the only London show in the diary for the first 6 months of next year at least, so it’s a must come to show for our fans in the capital”
DUB SEX are often cited as one of Manchester’s greatest “lost” bands. Formed in the concrete landscape of 1980’s Hulme they had a unique, raw and at times brutal sound all of their own. The band came to prominence in the late 80’s releasing 4 critically acclaimed EP’s, recording 4 John Peel sessions and performing on local and national TV (Snub TV and Tony Wilson’s Granada TV show, The Other Side of Midnight) with the release of the classic Swerve EP in 1989. DUB SEX never fitted into Madchester scene and disappeared in 1990 with members Mark Hoyle (vocals/guitar) and Cathy Brooks (bass) going on to form Dumb and guitarist Chris Bridgett going on to form Rude Club. Tonight Bug Bear are very peased to host this show as a part of Independent Venues Week 2015.
Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door £10 in advance
Sat 11 Apr
Special Kinda Madness
Special Kinda Madness are a Specials and Madness tribute band playing one set from each band. We don’t need to remind you of The Dublin Castle /Madness association! Basically as Suggs says, the DC is The Ancestral Seat Of Madness…and every ska act worth a skank has been through the doors too…as Phil Jupitus puts it, that’s a room with a lot of Mojo…This will definitely be a heaving heavenly happening, last year it sold out three months ahead so like the man said..Book Early!
Plus ska, soul and reggae DJ action til 2am…