Lost In The Crowd- taut and tetchy math rock, post rock and indie noir…lots of intensity and sharp interlocking guitars thru hammering drums…Foals/Editors thru early Snow Patrol Leader- distill the esssence of emotive balladry and combine it with intense indie a-la Keane, or more likely Snow Patrol…and they do it very well, commercially astute you would say. John Parry- Melancholic acoustic songwriter. Very pensive indeed. Soulful, in a Paulo Nutini manner, with a touch of Damien Rice and Maverick Sabre. Not to mention Jamie T- after he’s had an education in some good music….good influences of soul and gospel poking through.
The Terrorsaurs- new yer talkin’!… Wild Primal Beats. Schlock ‘n’ Roll…. not for squares…yeah… instro twangerama played with rubber dino masks on, which always helps attain a certain quality of guitar sound I find..…fans of The Cramps, Link Wray , Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and so forth will be much pleasured muchly much. We Are Animals- yes we are, apes to be precise.. these loveable knuckledraggers play catchy pop-punk with undercurrent of cheeky metal, dynamic stuff indeed care of loadsa conviction in the playing and tunes that are way above decent. Jettyson- female affronted garage punk with tood enough for a hundred other such combos of an inferior White Stripe. Rocking. Monica And The Explosion- One girl (and her drummer) punk rocknroll blast of pure fun..critically acclaimed all over the shop this Swedish skiffle with tood really kicks up a storm.
Shoshin- 3 piece, girl drummer, skanking high energy rockouts that recall The Police and The Ruts but always retain a certain Shoshin-ness. Great live band guaranteed to get you leaping around on a Saturday night….Frogbelly And Symphony- Folk, spoken word, post-punk, psychedelia and prog all thrown together, shouldn’t work but it does, indeed Frogbelly champion a unique sound, can’t really be compared to anyone past or present though there’s maybe a whiff of Bongwater or Swell Maps. Really compelling and effortlessly cool… from N.Y.C. Courson- alt rock with a malevolent vibe somewhere between Pearl Jam and Nirvana only they psychedeleicize things nicely c/o some weird vocal FX and a well ‘eavy late 60s psych rock factor. Ace. The Incredible Magpie Band- Rhythm and Blues tinged and subtly psychedelic with a fiery folk vibe- this band are much beloved of Liam Gallagher who sez they’re the only high flying birds worth a fuck! So…cool psyched out scally rock it is, rootsy and rocking but more in common with Brian Jonestown Massacre than Oasis, a very good band.
Cholesterol Jones- now with full rocking band, Mr Jones takes a wry outsiderly approach to post R.E.M/Afghan Wigs Alt Americana. Love Me Tenders-punk rock and garage given a vigorous workout with elements of White Stripes and Black Keys..kool..Secret Tongues- sophisticated shoegaze nugaze with a lively Cocteaus tinge to the beautiful guitar patterns. Tony Hoyne- aching songs of regret and joy alike featuring soaring sweet vocals.
Nome- Layered reverbed vocals and FX with a moody nay trippy realisation. Sort of in the Clanaad Romantic soulful folk sense but then the songs pump along and it’s part Kate Bush, part Blondie, part Fleetwood Mac …plus tremendous tropicalia guitars! Nome’s front woman Rachel Stills’remarkable voice certainly resonates La Harry and to an extent La Nicks and the power and poetics of Patti Smith-esque… wonderful performances all round. Also expect some special treats tonite….we’ll keep you posted! Symmatik- Electronic soundscapes etherial and otherwordly, underpinned by some deft guitar looping,reminds of James Blake, XX or the more cerebral end of Burial Fourth And Folsom- multi-instrumental London based band influenced by early ‘West Coast’ harmonies. Yeah so think fine CSN type fare with a bit of Simon and Garfunkel, nice. The Noses- Welsh folk pop outfit, lots going on there’s a skiffle via bluegrass influence but they also dip a toe in psychedelia, sort of like The Coral when they first started but with intricate west coast harmonies, tunes though fairly intricate are also pretty up-tempo and catchy. And at times anthemic. good work.
Transmetropolitan- groovy 4 piece with 3 chaps n 1 chick playing folk (there’s some very fetching fiddle) – but kinda lofi indie psych folk- which is great- somewhere between The Velvets and the Fairports with Nancy Sinatra on vox….alluring stuff, I like, we like, you like… Purple Implosion- Mixing spiky post punking punk funk with counter cultural garage birthed rocknroll featuring out there front man antics…takes ya back to Notting Hill when it was all speed, grass and fucking rather than wall to wall superannuated twats. Ex Diary/Pink F.A… that was a Pink Fairies trib y’know…great! Adam & Elvis- cheeky indie with laconic vocal and jaunty cod folky riffology…tunes wise think Art Brut meets The Smiths with some nice scratchy but incisive guitar …it’s indie but not schmindie…..Suede meets early James kinda…
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 12 Sep
Amy Winehouse Foundation
+ Special Guests TBA
In celebration of the late great Amy with the backing of her friends and family…details to follow soon….
Eights N Aces- Swaggersome sweat drenched sexy rocknroll, yeah momma… Jesus, John & Whitney- Punk grunge with certain Nirvana nuances and all played with energetic aplomb and they’ve got some tunes. Little Donna- Snappy indie disco-funk a la post punk..it’s righteously rough round the edges (i.e in a good way) kinda like The Slits in places and the singer does sound a bit like AriTravis Oaks-up-beat rootsy rock pretty much a distillilation of Kings Of leon, White Strypes and possibly Black Keys via Led Zep
Wicked Faith-Female fronted hard rock/metal..GnR type schockiness but their pop appeal too and a harder buzzier techy edge mnore of metal des nos jours. Darma-Edgy post Grunge with a punked up approach rto the delivery and some malevolent distorted riffage.Silent Divide- Crunching female fronted Alt-rock, rocks admirably but has hooks/melodies too, nods to the likes of Tool and Incubus. Rusty G’s- Early 70’s classic blues rock filtered through grunge and yer heavier end of 90’s indie rock
Luke Carey- Acoustic singer/song writer from North London with a very accomplished style and songwriterly gift. Influences: Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Jamie T, Paolo Nutini. He’s in good company and holds his own there for sure- expect great things for Mr C…
Laburnum- edgy indie rock, Alex Turner style vocals, and a bit Franz Ferdinand in places with also a nod to The Rakes and We Are Scientists. “5 Star – Band Of The Year” – Producers at Sky Sports. Have a publishing deal with BskyB no less…fans of classic Oasis will definitely also enjoy.The Jangles-Dreamy indie pop with the requisite jangle (as advertised) insistently hooky tunes with some deft harmonizing and a very busy almost Reni-esque drummer, lots of old school indie references in here Smiths, The Coral, La’s, Stone Roses, scally psychedelia, Shack etc.. Fab. Black Thistles- a skuzzed up Strokes froted by a deadringer for Alex Turner, plus a gritty post punk element to the arrangements…Paranoid Waves- Indie pop, psychedelic in parts, from France. Sung in English. Very Liam Gallagher esque vocals. Oasis certainly a big influences all round.
The Bloodtub Orchestra- London Dirthole spin off with Tim Whelan from Transglobal Underground. ‘A discombobulation and disintegration of music hall, parlour music and related Victorian and Edwardian filth and obscurity. Performed by a fine upstanding rabble’…bang on…brilliant, do not miss…Garuda- Technical and chipper indie/post-rock. Mix of Black Box Revelation, The Kooks.
The Sonic Jewels-make explosive garage rock, that’s an unholy amalgam of White Stripes, Black Keys (Thickfreakness era), Cream, Hendrix and The Who with hypnotic psychedelic heavy riffage. Tom Lewitt- ’60s and ’80s psych pop textures intermingle nicely to give you a Hollies/Syd’s Floyd/Teardrops/Mighty Lemon Drops jangletastic pastoral psych delight. Great stuff. Vendettas- alt rock with Dr Feelgood elements and other nifty 1970s nuances…The Vigilantes- Impassioned overdriven classic rocknroll from a trio of lads – bits of The Who and other 60s-70s stuff.. fresh from hitting the road with The Subways…
David Sinclair Four- Romantic post new wave rocknroll with country touches- think The Only Ones circa Baby’s Got A Gun…or perhaps Green On Red…so a very fab place to be…Mr Sinclair and ace band’s new album ‘4’ is out now on Critical Discs/IRLA Body Of People- Our fave post punk/folk/psych melange, recently having birthed their all killer no filler ‘Amassed’ long player Brother Simon and co will be giving a proper PROPER showbiz rocknroll show tonite and perhaps presenting a few choice newbies…for fans of The Stranglers, Pil and Alex Harvey…The Carpenters- no, you did read that right, but Karen ain’t come back from beyond…this is a living breathing tribute to the wonderful music of John Carpenter the film auteur/composer par excellence… Assault On Precint 13, Hallowe’en, Dark Star, The Fog and so many more….excellent!! Young Astronaut- emoting bright eyed pop fare taking the post Snow Patrol/Coldplay template and giving it a good old shove into deeper, dreamier territory via some ace tropicalia tinged guitar and a street tood perkiness.
Tokyo Bob- No, not a haircut…Tokyo Bob is a Japanese Bob Dylan tribute act – a remarkably close approximation, only very…Japanese! This is lots and lots of fun to watch, not a frusty attempt at being Zimmerman, more a post modern (times) exercise in joie de vivre with the added bonus of all them brilliant songs performed superbly. Out The Window- Influenced by the 1970s New York scène… Talking Heads, Television and Blondie…Franz Ferdinand also resonate here…Planefield- U2, Kings of Leon, Death Cab For Cutie and Band of Horses may be discerned as influences herein… outta Sweden and tasty as a meatball.. KOL meets McCartney we reckon…The Delta Slow- Moody, minimalistic indie. Female vocals reminiscent of Florence... Also a little like The XX then builds into something more nutritiously noisy….
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 sorta hear, there’s deffo a new wave element to this but it’s more of an indie rock beast than a punk-pop one Subtitle- mad for it clattersome alt rock with wonderfully wayward intensity pitching up in some strange but beautiful place wherePere Ubu, Queens Of The Stone Age and punk rock classique coalesce.Run Over Dogs- Fizzing indie rock outta Hungry with a possible nod to Artic Monkeys Puma Danger- Also from Budapest, Hungary… gnarly guitars with a groove rock cum psych feel and a bit of post punk gloom and narco cool. Pixies meets Tame Impala…
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
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 24 Oct
+ King Hammond and The Rude Boy Mafia + Skabretta
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, opening up excellent pop ska skank supreme care of Skabretta…Big Boutcha!