Ratboy- up-for-it fuzzed up Outside Brit-hop with a punky edge, underpinned with some clever sampling, from Stone Roses and Happy Mondays to totemic film dialogue… It all gels well and nods nicely to the dubby end of The Clash. Could be compared to Jamie T at times but this is pretty unique stuff with lotsa pop hooks and totally holds the attention… Jordan Cardy is Rat Boy. He was fired from Wetherspoons. He was turned down by McDonalds. He’s never left the UK. He likes the Streets, the Clash and A Tribe Called Quest. He likes using old film samples, skating and making art. Jordan is from Chelmsford in Essex and once went to the funfair at Southend. He makes music, all the music, in his bedroom and sent it out to loads of people. No-one cared until one person cared and now lots of people care and soon everyone will care. A lot. His first mixtape has been in the NME and on Radio One, Xfm and 6 Music. There’s another mixtape on the way soon, that will be a total of 60 minutes of music in the time it takes most acts to ‘soft-release’ a b-side.
RUSTED-Punchy classic metal from Canada with the swagger of Guns N Roses but with a U.F.O via Van Halen undertow, rousing anthemic choreses and some neat guitar work too. Whiskey Chaser- Low slung Grebo rock with a nod to yer heavier grunge bands and classic blues tinged hard rock like Y & T, there’s a nice crunch to the guitars and the gritty vocal and general do frills approach works well. Guns Of Anarchy-Old shcool hard rock played with plenty of conviction in the vein of Guns N roses via Airbourne Seven7-Techy alt metal with intricate but heavy rhythms and eastern/oriental scales rendered on electric violin, which gives it a Led Zep Kashmir vibe. Touches on prog too highly melodic at times but retains the heaviosity. Mastodons more recent stuff could be a touchstone Quite an interesting and unique sound.
The Bay- Noughties sounding indie pop. Think The View, The Fratellis etc but with a little White Stripes, Band of Skulls and Nirvana influences. Ekofisk- South London nautically obsessed melodic noise rockers promote their debut LP. Compared occasionally and sometimes favourably to seminal new wave band Wire and stop/starters The Pixies, ekofisk trawl their own sonic waters with songs about headaches, commuting, and the mystical hinterlands of Peckham. Liliths Army- Female fronted grunge -punk pretty much in a Babes In Toyland via Nirvana style, all executed with vim and vigour. Paix Amour- post emo cum alternative rock, similar to bands such as You Me At Six and Mallory Knox, with their own take on our music.
Terry and Gerry – They pulsed outta John Peel A LOT in the 1980s did Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin with their inimitably irreverent but tune laden take on cow punk and folk pop, and they are still as joyous a live experience as they were back then now they’re back together.. Rocking outta Brum with a skiffletastic riddim section making fabulous use of a washboard for percussion instead of a drum kit. Terry Lilley plays double bass. Gerry Colvin sings lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar and has one of the most disarmingly hilarious stage patters you could possibly wish for. With classic releases back in the day on both Robert Lloyd from The Nightingales Vindaloo Recs and Marc Riley’s In Tape, it’s particularly satisfying they still have the chops on their recently issued Dear John EP. Fresh from their tour supporting Status Quo no less!! Centurion Sect- Kentish feckers all pyjama’d up for your greater appreciaton of their artfully satirical garage rocknroll du punk… fans of Wild Billy Childish, The Fall, Johnny Moped or Dr Feelgood will all find plenty to enjoy here. Fantastic…Flies On Us- a pithy post punkish noise with elements of pretty much every great artist from 1978 to 1984 you could mention….early Ants meets The Fall meets Wire meets Magazine meets …well you get the gist !…lovely wonkly keys..actually the vocals are uncannily Phil Oakey like, but there’s a real wealth of great material here with superb lyrics…Peel would have loved this band…and they’ve stewarded a really good album too…buy one tonight!…
The Dodgy Few-Dublin based 6 piece ska crew playing original material…actually delve into funk, soul, reggae and indie rock elements too. Female singer. Got a deep and danceable sound.Shoot The Preacher- Windswept atmospheric rock with insistent hooks and anthemic choruses, the Manic Street Preachers at their rockiest via Muse, though on this occasion it’s a stripped down solo affair for the singer Echoic- Chiming highly melodic indie pop played with aplomb.The Gramotones- Nicely arranged rock/pop, upbeat, melodic and very lyrical. A winning combo of The Hollies, Squeeze and Costello style vocals. Good time, foot tapping tunes
Leika- Upbeat, catchy new wave pop, with a sort of post glam late 70’s feel…think Mink Deville via Squeeze. But with a nod to The Libertines and other noughties onwards Brit guitar slingers. New Infection- perky three piece rocknroll happening with as many nods to classic hiphop as garage rocknroll…yep, part Fuzztones, part Run DMC, all groovy. The Carraways- Jake Bugg as if fronting a ’50’s rock roll outfit…. plenty of Rolling Stones too, especially Beggars’ Banquet era and there’s deffo a bit of Mick Jagger in the vocal prowess proffered here.
The Rocket Dolls- post grunge groove rock, good n sassy with a Foo Fighters feel via a credible identity of it’s own courtesy catchy riffs and excellent musicianship. The Legendary Too Drunk- the punk from the garage 1960s meets the punk from the sidewalk cum pavement 1970s and everyone’s a winner. Choice covers and visceral originals, legenedary indeed and still pretty drunk but not so pissed they can’t kick it. Top entertainment. The Everglows- A lot of retro influences at play here, The Who, Small Faces, Beatles, but channelled through something a little more dynamic than most copyists, works really well Team New Band- Buzzy 5 piece from Brighton with a winningly catchy tunes somewhere between Blondie and The Subways. The Bearded Ladies- hirsutes you madam- comedic punkers get lumbersexual with three chords and a mission to rock.
Teal-Boy/girl duo dealing blusy Garage Rock that whilst referencing White Stripes manage to create something pretty unique from an oft-used telplate, decent tunes and they can rock out admirably..We Came From Wolves effortlessly blend their influences on second EP Paradise Place, writing accessible, youthful rock that balances anthemic sing-along choruses and awe inspiring melodies. Polar Dive-Cool minimalistic lofi indie. Very contemporary, along the lines of AltJ, The XX AND Peace. Soulful and a little funky in parts. Bit of a Foals influence too We Are Animals-Catchy pop-punk with undercurrants of classic metal, dynamic stuff indeed loadsa conviction in the playing and tunes are decent
The Diamond Hope- Summery powerpop vibes with one foot in old new wave textures, a hint of leftover emo and a general punky popness. Like McBusted for Jam fans.Yeah! Andy Roberts- Now with full -an emotive stadium indie approach with anthemic choruses akin to Embrace or a more cerebral Oasis but with a more mature soulful vox rather than Liam G’s nasal snarl. Breeze- -a rocking swaggering type of alt indie with blues tinged riffs and influences ranging from The Velvet Underground and The Cramps, through to modern acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Howler and JAWS.
The Top Fuellers- London/Southend band playing punked up rockabilly/psychobilly with a raunchy Ramones like quality above and beyond the 1950’s rocknroll nuances. ex Klingonz/Highliners These fellas are known for ‘Enjoying psychobilly music, beer, rockabilly music, beer, drag racing and hot rods, dubs and scooters…’ The Creepfreaks- psychobilly three piece ‘stuck in the swamp’ and we should all be grateful! Awesome zombie slaying rocknroll… The Marksmen- psycho rockin’ earth dwellers (or so they claim!) with stand up bass and proper high octane rocknroll fuel in the motor…
Harry Macintosh Project- math rock via pronk with moments of skronking jazz and a general off-kilter bonkers vibe. Sounds like they dig Cardiacs, Beefheart and Slint… with vocals on a Butthole Surfers via Bongwater tip, Bumfords this ain’t…. compelling avant-rock(see also Trumans water, Hirameka Hi-Fi) new EP ‘Such Is The Vulture’s Love’ out now Zube Records. .The Damned And The Dirty- Taking on the low slung rocknroll a la romantique mantle and adding lots of twangy guitars.
Crooked Little Sons-Shouty punk with a raw garagey blues/rock n roll backing. Similar to Slaves, but played with a little bit more verve and conviction, great tunes too. Creeps- Gritty grunge outfit from Liverpool. All the traditional groovy grunge hallmarks are here, very authentic. It’s something of a grunge lunge for the jugular…Good stuff. Nirvana and Pearl Jam influences. Kenta Hayashi-Japanese hip and happening hippie type dude playing some wonderfully, wild and wilful solo guitar with looping- frantic and out there and not particularly based in blues or folk but something between gypsy/flamenco stuff and Japanese classical music played on the shamisen etc…very interesting, uses lots of FX/tricks and is a right showman with it… a bit like John Fahey on methedrine.
Bright Young People- with a beefy nigh on ‘Silver Machine’ type romping rampant bass heavy backing BYP tantalise by contrasting this supercool heaviosity with a scally pop indie rock vocal- a powerful performance. Think The Rapture re-imagined as Revco via The Fall [big drums] and space rock…good shit indeed.
Currently getting multiple spins & being championed by XFM’s John Kennedy, this 3 piece indie punk-rock band from Rhyl in North Wales have also been championed by Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch who also produced their debut single. Soon after, The Libertines’ drummer Gary Powell got word, promptly signing the band to his new label at a recent London gig. Their debut 5 track ‘Sunshine Town EP’ is out now on 25 Hour Convenience Store records. The EP is brimming with youthfulness and vigour, fearless in its stance, yet made by three young guys who have a considered and intelligent record collection (The Stooges, Nirvana, MC5, Mudhoney and the Velvet Underground). The Pink Slips- this trio outta LA have a touch of Princess Superstar/Ting Tings perky indie pop with hiphop inflections- also a bit of Blondie (early) in the tood here too and she looks a bit like La Harry..she’s Duff McKagan’s daughter no less…sassy stuff. A new young Synth Pop-Punk band are indeed fronted by lead singer-songwriter Grace McKagan. Daughter of Guns’n’Roses / Velvet Revolver Bassist Duff McKagan and her cohorts are hitting the UK for the first time this year for their debut appearance at Download Fest 2015 on June 15th, with an energetic live show comparable to Blondie and The Kills. The band’s debut EP “Say L’or Venus” is out now!
Hardwicke Circus-indie rock with a confident swagger and the tunes to back it up. Somehow manages to evoke the early 70’s post Altamont malevolence of the Stones and the broodiness of the Doors with modern indie sounds a-la Futureheads and Vampire Weekend. Massive eight piece rock ‘n’ roll band: a true rock ‘n’ roll collective. ‘Early ‘Rolling Stones’ covering ‘Catfish & The Bottlemen’is how this collective of classically trained multi-instrumentalists view their work…The promoter at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut recently likened their show to the Stones ‘Exile on Main St.’ He loved them so much he booked them 3 times last year. Their first EP was recorded at Vale Studios in Worcestershire & is available now… Sons Of Pirates- Sons of legendary Pirates’ guitarist Mick Green buzzy 70s r n b based garage rock, Stooges meets Wilko Johnson, bags of energy and decent foot tappin’ tunes
One The Juggler-Much acclaimed and influential eighties alt-rockers band One the Juggler will be re releasing their debut album in June. They’ll be celebrating this with a couple of re-union shows, with the original line-up, of which this is one. Glamweazel- Psyched up indie pop rock with funk elements, from the singer of our Headline act… Bowie, The Beatles via Kula Shaker… bits of the Byrds and lot of small faces, great sound and the tunes are top notch
Rayne-Atmos soaked anthemic indie rock with a mesmeric widescreen sound which recalls Joshua Tree era U2 and then goes on to reference Keane/Coldplay et al. Really well done though an impassioned performance to say the least and strong tunes too.
Indigo Husk- Grungy, lofi indie. Good energy and fresh sounding. Very much like Peace and Palma Violets. Great stuff here! Ginger Tom- emo from Doncaster, and really well done..so think You Me At 6 etc… radio friendly punkus popicus with the emphasis on pop, impressive stuff…
The Neverists- ..chanelling Jeff Buckley and filtering him through “Rite Of Spring” by Talk Talk..and it works well, damn celestial in places, beautiful work. Colleen Brown- Rocknroll and pop textures equally explored by Canadian female singer songer with a Carly Simon meets Joni Mitchell voice- bit of Rickie Lee Jones here too- but there’s more of an ’80s quirky pop vibe and plenty of raw guitar and rocking out…all with much sass.Has a particularly cool song dedicated to Randy Newman- and why not. Good shit. Bandini And The Taylors- Folky, blues 4 piece with a touch of gypsy. Soulful stuff with brisk and rather brilliant brass section. Grand, gravely vocals complimented well with fine female harmony.Champion! Alice Tessereaux- Atmospheric and cinematic sounding female solo artist. Strange, experimental vocals. Kate Bush like. Interesting electro samples mixed in with the angular artpop and acoustic instrumentations. Intriguing stuff.
The Sonic Jewels- Intriguing stuff with loads of innovative twists and turns. They liken their craft to a groovy melding of John Martyn and Jack White. Yeah. Great band. Purple Implosion- And here’s another great band…. Mixing spiky post punking punk funk with counter cultural garage birthed rocknroll featuring out there front man antics…but always pretty damn funky. Ex Diary/Pink Fairies tribute band Pink F.A… The Many Few- Kitchen sink lo fi indie pop with female/male harmonies and vocal sharings over some Smiths meets McCarthy c86 type backing. Some interesting twists and turns. a bit of The Monochrome Set, something of Yeah Yeah No and stuff like that. ‘The Many Few are armchair surrealisms, bizarre and wonderful journeys that touch on the absurdities and question marks of small town life, from which you never quite return’
Spizz Energi- Where’s Captain Kirk? He’s right here, still indie chart number one in all our hearts, the timeless, peerless Peter Pan of Punk, the double bubble Duracell battery on sickle booted, bondage panted legs that is the fabulous Spizz and his current, cutting, very rocking low slung punk n roll combo. So many great Spizz tunes apart form that bleedin obvious one, and headlining this punk rock tour de force of a bill, not to be bloody missed r wot? Go to Middleclasstonbury and throw piss at Madonna if you wish…here’s the real deal punks. Protex- Legendary Belfast punk/powerpop outfit with singles out back in the good old bad old days on Terry Hoooley’s Good Vibrations and Rough Trade, heavily influenced by The Clash 1st LP and compadres naturally of The Undertones... what a treat to have them back and in The Dublin Castle with us tonight. As is the case with Anglo- Scottish punk pioneers The Straps- reformed and mastering a grizzled bluegrass a-la Carter Family as if played by proper punks, so up-tempo but wonderfully very authentic and rootsy, fantastic work. Pete Davies ex UK Subs on drums and original singer Jock Strap, original guitarist Dave- how much more punktastic do you want things to be? Well as it happens we have The Bad Things opening for you tonite with their own brand of punk rocknroll plus DJs We Got Killers spinning punk, ska, reggae and soul til the wee wee hours….
New Generation Superstars- nottingham’s excellent NGS play fiery exponents of kick ass punk rocknroll. Or as they put it ‘face ripping rock’ Star Mafia Boy- A warm Bugbear/Dublin Castle RocknRoll welcome to these superb Spanish sleaze punkers and their impressively gritty razzle dazzle rawk edge. Pandora Knox- sassy, sexy, succulent all girl trad rock/metal 4 piece…boom! Breaking Illusion- alt metal with a pumped up, strident approach. The Stone Angels- Classic blues rock, think Free but with a groove rock undertow, and some fab sing-along choruses.
Alternative TV- With their new long player about to emerge- and word on the street is it’s a cracker- this show is an unmissable event as anyone that attended our last Dublin Castle/ATV happening last year can attest. Book early coz it will be rammed….For those of you that have spent the last 40 years potholing in Outer Mongolia, Alternative TV are original punk rock visionary Mark Perry‘s endlessly shifting sonic lifestyle choice. From angular three chord, two chord, one chord attack through arthouse pre-punk / post punk to acerbic social commentary based in enigmatic storytelling, to pithy mesmeric pop songs about relationships and human foibles, to out and out experimental agitation- all musical life is here. Vive Le RocknRoll…the Johnny Rotten Show may stagger on but tonight in Camden Town you can appreciate real, cerebral punk values, care of Mark P and this explosive new manifestation of Alternative TV…. Rude Mechanicals- Artful jazzbo slinkiness and cabaret poetics with fabulous playing from all concerned and brilliantly off kilter but accessible vocalising from the remarkable front woman Miss Joe Roberts.… with elements from the likes of Rip Rig And Panic, Little Annie and Diamanda Gallas there’s loads here to enjoy… eclecticism never got hipper. And isn’t that Jowe Head once of Swell Maps beneath that top hat plucking bubbling bass notes? ‘Rude Mechanicals are a Pan-dimensional Creature manifesting itself in your reality as an Absurd Rock/Jazz/Punk Band consisting of Miss Roberts and her symbiotic slaves.’