Juke- A surprisingly mature and accomplished sound for a band so young and a pretty unique sound at that. It’s a bit like the more reflective side of Squeeze through an Americana Lens or later post Attractions Elvis Costello..good shit.Shotaway-Roosty bluesey american infused indie, elements of Kings Of Leon but also sounds like The Band, soulful impassioned vocals and band can rock it up on the more up-tempo kings of leon inspired numbers. Jimmy Edwards- the Modfather? Some say it’s Weller but Jimmy has a good shout for the mohair crown having not only replaced Paul W in The Jam but bin there seen it dun it with Masterswitch, Sham 69, Flintlock etc. Gangs- mod/Britpop/powerpop type fare…they moodily stroll along a beach as their early Who meets Secret Affair via Oasis concoction chimes around and about most groovily. From Dublin...Are they singing ‘Big Billy Bollocks are bringing me down’ or do I need my ears syringing? Not half.
The Seniors-Indie folk with a manc accent, bit more to this than most in this rather over-subscribed genre, really effective orchestration and arrangements. Vocals are pretty unique tunes up-tempo with darker undercurrants, bit like The Coral when they started and there’s a whiff of Last Of The Shadow Puppets to Midnight Birds-Life affirming melodic pop in a bedrock of indie guitar rock, pretty melodies and tunes are short n sweet. Olos- .Plan B in as much as here be some magnificent moody sounds with moody raps, but there’s an over arching pop sensibility too.
Stage Door Guy- Angular and agreeably angry agitpop indie rocj with elements of Arctic Monkeys, Billy Bragg and Thee Faction. The Dark Rays-a new take on the drum and guitar duo, sounding like a stripped down Doobie Bros thru Mark Lanegan like louche Americana noir. The Strates-trio featuring a singing drummer, sounds a bit like late 60′s brit psych like The Creation via something a little more garagey The Bay-A high octane mix of White Stripes, Band of Skulls and the punkier side of Nirvana. Acid Cream- up for it and indeed up and at em Italian youthful punk happening with a healthy Ramones influence.
The Deans- Soulful rootsy Americana possibly inspired by The Band, their a 3 piece but they totally manage to carry it off what with the wonderful harmonies, good melodies and intelligent, deep songcraft. Should be mega you’d imagine... Beat Harlows-sounding like a fooked up lofi Strokes with lots of punk rock on board…some of that Doherty vibe too, and real gone garagey vibes throughout..this works rather well, nice shoutalong quality- reminds of stuff on Che Recs in the 90s…Sam C Harris- Male singer songwriter,mostly acoustic but also some adventurous band based material we’re mad for. A bit Kieran Leonard with a touch of Frank Turner. Quite angsty a la Buckley. Nifty vocals.
Syphor- Irish death/thrash band with malevolence agogo in the vibes, crisp, simple and effective drumming (not the usual metal style which is nice), a croaky elfin growl for a vocal and some widdly bits where required.i.e not too often..excellent. Sinate- Sinate are a New Zealand Death/Thrash metal band. Signed to MGS records. They were last over in Europe in 2012 on tour with Immolation and Marduk.Axial Symmetry- Uncompromising Death/Thrash metal outta Dublin, played at a fair old clip and with bags of conviction, harks back to pioneers like Venom but gives it a modern metal twist
Tamisa- moody nigh on soundtracky synth burbles give way to dynamic, techy hard rock with a feverish feel…light and shade a plenty with a laconic indie rock vocal part Lloyd Cole part Mac Bunnymen…an interesting melange of ’80s post punk/synthpop and crisper, harder ’90s to noughties textures. Good…great delivery, alluring tunes… play as a DJ/guitar+vocals duo, a different kind of setup to your regular rock band. Bugeye-female 3 piece doing new wave pop, like an edgier Elastica with elements of post punk definitely hearing some Banshees, X Ray Spex too, good energetic hooky tunes… Hag- a one man techy rawk happening mixing doom metal textures with crisp glitchy electronica- something of Fantomas perhaps. Interesting…..Missa Watanabe Vs Space Traveler- the kookiest and swingingest techno trippin’ D and B and dubstep textures are pumped wittily thru a gypsy jazz lens as Dr Seuss takes on the stage design…not to be missed if you really, really wanna be entertained.
George Timothy-Gently undulating folk rendered very prettily on guitar and piano, some nice Simon and Garfunkle-esque harmonies, easy on the ear and an impressively pure voice.The Flying Aces-A covers band with a differance in that they play in a pretty authentic early rock n roll stylee with some fine Jerry Lee piano bashing. In fact you can well imagine the fledgling beatles sounding a bit like this in Hamburg, has that vibe Matthew Loughlin & The Shipbuilders- indie folk pop troubadour with enjoyably clattering band playing somewhere between The Horrors and The Kinks- strange place to be? Well yeah bit this is lively, enjoyable stuff and actually highly original.Chris Welburn- singer songer from Hull witha Hammel On Trial meets Frank Turner eccentric folk pop vibe. Puts a lot in to it for sure. So the urgency of the performance is very impressive and you get some interesting lyrics.
Kiwi- It’s a soul diva scenario with an uber dramatic impressive voice somewhere between Bjork and Lana Del Ray. Very promising… Gold Wolf- Taking the singer songwriter stance and turning it on it’s head care of some neatly chiselled indie rocknroll that really works. Elements of all sorts from McCartney to The Verve to Pavement gone acoustic. Radar-Indie rock with a shoegazing touch in the vox. Think Morrisey fronting Kasabian or The Killers or something. There are some strong synthpop influences too, Depeche Mode springs to mind, as does Gary Numan. The Navajo-The Navajo’s sound draws on the music of old America, veering from epic soundscapes to rootsy Blues. The band’s influences are broad, but include The Doors, The Black Keys, Johnny Cash, the White Stripes and countless movies
The Bone Lab- A groovily brash and glitzy approach to old school hiphop flavoured funky git down stuff with rocknroll tood and intent aplenty. Just signed and quite right…rip it up good style, great live. The Apartment- Snappy pop-funk like Inego- Low slung New Order shaped fare…think of stuff like Lonesome Tonight by them, very Hooky like bass and synth colour though the vocal is more moderne pop sounding than Barney like, but the is so Joy Division/New Order influence certainly resonates.
Idle Kings- ‘Radiohead combined with Queen, Oasis, Jeff Buckley and The Smiths.’…who am I to argue? I hear a bit of funkeee Prince meets RHCP here too. Done wonderfully well. Lots of wig out lead (Queen) and a dolorous Mozza type vocal (Smiths)…but then it veers into mad Genesis meets It Bites type adventures in prog- so an odd concoction but boy it works.
Pulsating, throbbing synth sounds with sub ’80s bass lines and Killers type songs and feel, though a bit livelier and nu rave tinged. Not remotely my cuppa but boy they have tunes, and big feel with it, sound like contenders.Gareth Evans- a winning blend of psych tinged electronica and wistful acoustic pop with releases in Japan getting a little love.
Tigers Of Rushmore- alt rock with punkiness keeping things happening- led by the enthusiastic clatter of the drummer. Metallica meets Foo Fighters or something more indie and alt like The Verve meets The Killers…love it when they end up rocking out with dual Lizzy guitarings. Burn Down Rydell- U.S sounding emo, a bit Foo Fighters in places, have hooks to die for.. Frobisher- Marvellous piano heavy balladeering with a folky proggish tint. Peter Gabriel in Here Comes The Flood mode springs to mind.
Duchess- Queen channelled comedically by psyched out rockers..has to be seen to be believed. But main thing to remember s they rock like muthas. Supercasino- Long time Bugbear faves…Ska touches, funky grooves…stuff- all with an effortless indie charm redolent of Supergrass at their friskiest. Ben McKelvey- pleasingly raw toned indie pop with a bright Wedding Present meets something like The Rifles up for it energy and positivity…good. Trash Green- classic indie and Britpoppin’ sass with sweet touches of Suede and My Life Story.
Eyelid Movies- fab young band who barely look old enough for the Oceansize meets King Crimson heaviosity of their amazeballs music, but they are- and anyway they confound you by spinning a punk rock motif here, a psychedelic pop passage there, a grunge riddled blues attack over yonder. Should be the shape of things to come all being equal. Fantastic. The Moscow Trip- ’Imagine a 1950s funk band that recently returned from a trip to Moscow and who were heavily influenced by the compositions of Borodin and Shostakovich.’ Hmmm..ok..so yeah with a butch/macho Red Army Choir vocal and some techy funk backdrops this is odd but utterly alluring. Some whacked out Madness/Blockheads elements and even a touch of rockabilly…good god they’re mental…need encouraging then… Aleatronic- ’90s ravey rock crossover, lots of nicely squelching, whirring synths and steady 4 to the floor backbeats as seen at a rave in Dalston in 1990…so…now seen at an over priced pretentious bar in Dalston I suppose. Still, sounds very, very good. No vocals it seems- an organic electronica- motorik as they say so plenty of Can..joined onstage tonite by former Add N To X and Chicks On Speed’s Anne Shenton no less. Shambles In A Husk- combining ’80s King Crimson artful techy wizardry with a tad of emo and a splash of nu-nu metal, this lot just rocked the fook out of Reading Festival and are set to turn a lot of heads with their pretty unique take on the rawk beast…fans of The Mars Volta will dig fo sho.
The 335 Experience- raunchy blues rock trio, 2 geezers and a chick, all done with such authentic joy you cant stop grinning…early ZZ Top n stuff…Butterfield Blues Band, George Thorogood..charming, pop sensibility in tact, no hoary Claptonites here, which is good.
Syren City- emo with a nod to various U.S types, Bring Me The Horizon etc, pretty hooky and dynamic, grand work. Trevor’s Head- Chugging and not a little frugging alt rock with the influence of Nirvana, Led Zep and to my ears Bad Company- hard rock with melodic ideals, nifty. Fans of Clutch and Queens Of The Stoneage will certainly admire these chipper chappies….of Arrowe Hill- conversely we offer a bit of a contrast here with ‘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….so buy it!
The Smokes- punk rocking three piece with a definite fried vibe. Inhale and have it… Snorkel- trippy groove based jazzbo gear as beloved by Gilles Peterson. All The Wrong Reasons- Swedish reggae and heavy funk infused hip hop, big ol dubby basslines too, good stuff doesnt really sound like anyone particularly which is cool but more Brit-hop than anything else, Dub Pistols could be a reference. The Beautiful Game- Classic attitude to the fore Brit indoe rock with a bit of a Rifles cum Roses motif.
Doctor Nut- delightfully eccentric fare with Zappa keys and crunching Residents cum Chrome guitars via a terrific toytown Cardiacs element. So we’re on good solid alterno weird ground. It gets pretty folk proggy too and the Cardiacs vibe increaseth…but it’s wonderful. Wow, another really good n groovy act.The Black Waterside-Blues rock with a rootsy almost americana feel, really rocks though and the Beefheart-esque vocal works well. Freddy James Band-Nice bit of breathy garage cum freakbeat with a hint of The Monkees at their most acidic or the MC5 at their poppermpost….Electric Prunes, Standells…and some wig out Hendrix guitar too.The Bophins-punk rock…good punk rock, bit of early Banshees meets Pistols guitar via a rocknroll vocal and a low slung toody feel…all good players, good Yank punk tinged choons, sleazy not chessy, likes it.Weirds-Snappy post-punk bass lines and rhythms , an impressive slab of Psych/Narco rock and a fuzzed up blues undertow. The Gun Club via Spacemen 3 by way of Kasabian, lot’s going on here but never loses the plot in terms of tunes/hooks.
Mayflower- Spritely indie rocking youth with skipping drums and razor sharp guitars via some interesting changes and a very impassioned vocal recalling WellerviaMarriott...and here comes a blistering guitar solo. Good band. The Limerence- emotive electro-acoustic pop with a nod to U2, only a nod mind you, something darker and more rocknroll at work here…formerly The Long Haul. D.M.O- Atmospheric 80′s inspired electro pop from the dark side. Depeche Mode type stuff. A little Tubeway Army in places. Some pretty authentic 80′s synth action and real strong tunes. From Basildon too!
Kitten Pyramid- have garnered great reviews from The Guardian, Q mag, Prog mag and many more…take a Cardiacs type jaunty sound and combine it with some thoroughly Syd era Floyd whimsy and hard edged Crimson meets Tull passgaes , wig out Hendrix guitar, pastoral brass and a bit of Genesis too…but all played with aching originality and a contemporary indie noir edge…embrace the new prog! The Last Bugles- melodic acoustic based affair with nice understated vocal and cool n calm approach all round. Some of their tunes embrace sounds not unlike early Beatles album via ….John Lennon solo. Promising. Building The Songbird- nice array of goth tinged punkiness and harder rawk informed material chock full a grest ideas.
The Apocryphalites- Ten-piece reggae-ska extravaganza. Old school ska tunes influenced by the Skatalites, Toots & the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker. Peachy gear played with proper, proper feel and passion and just an oodle or two of joyous eccentric British charm. Utterly compelling…as are The Meow Meows…there’s methadrone in their madness.. breezy brassy (brass section innit) double female vocalist Brighton ska band…produced by Prince Fatty..have a post punk indie edge which works, but mucho melodic, bouncy party enhancing vibes n all…,lots of fun. Brilliant bill, book early campers.
The Pukes- huzzah! A punk rock ukulele triumph as the wunnerful not- quite- all-female punk uke wunderkinds return to the DC in support of their much lauded ‘Too Drunk To Pluck’ long player…ably supported by A.M.I- who only star Charlie Harper‘s grandson! Punktastique! Plus the brillo and similarly yoof-ful girl indie pop de rock happening Amazon Blu ..Not to be missed you plucky bastards. Now pleased to announce Morgellons will be special guests tonite. Proponents of a dark prowling post punk form with elements of Killing Joke, UK Decay and The Adicts…the sort of gear wot got called Posi Punk before the G word took hold…. no, not glue.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Wed 22 Oct
John Peel Always Missed Never The Same
+ The Nightingales
John Peel Always Missed Never The Same……The Nightingales- The legendary post punk Country n Midlands fronted by Robert Lloyd have just produced ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ a vinyl only LP youi can buy at gigs only. Let’s hope they’ve had some more pressed up for this John Peel Tribute Show…lots more sparkling talent TBA…
A soooper dooper monster pairing comes to the DC this Halloween…is it the return of the Wolfman in lethal gore splattered combat with The Mummy? Course not- the gore will be supplanted by awe. The Terry and Gerry revival is upon us…Dublin Castle regulars back in the as they say day, Terry and Gerry was a British pop band, formed in the early 1980s by Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin in Birmingham. Indie folk pop cum skiffle with charming ditties harmonized brilliantly and a DIY punk tood aided and abetted by great melodies and musicality. A talented pair, doffing the cap to John Peel at this particular time of year…
Alternative TV- Punk rock originator and original, Mark Perry saw through the Kings’ Rd bullshit side of ’76/’77 very early doors and forewent Sniffin’ Glue and The Roxy for free form expressionism and freak outs in fields with the likes of The Fall and Here And Now…side stepping back into 4 decades of always interesting, grizzled, intelligent rocknroll, ATV has always been Mark P’s voice for a people’s dialectic…a must see night out, it’s been 10 years or more since we last hosted ATV and with the glory of ‘Action, Time, Vision’ ringing ever clarion like in our ears we say goodnight and God Bless….A Body Of People- excellent blend of rousing alt folk, shiversome piratical psych and melodic, inclusive punk rocknroll..wunnerful work.
Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door £10 in advance
Wed 31 Dec
King Hammond And Skaville UK
+ Special Guest DJ
Celebrate New Years’Eve with the sweet skanking sounds of King Hammond and Skaville UK….Starring Nick Welsh, prodigious talent and mover-shaker with many, many stars of both Brit ska and J.A reggae from Bad Manners to Lee Perry, The Selector to Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken to Rhoda Dakar.… the King Hammond back catalogue is immense and packed fulla gems of dance craze friendly, grinny face enabling skinhead reggae, crafty intelligent pop, bluebeat and even a lickle lovers ya get me? A top night out assured, see in 2015 with The King in a di Castle…..