Argonaut-Punky indie with tood, female fronted, noisy and ramshackle but made up for in intent and low slung old fashioned indie rock slouching bad ass ness…sounding like Huggy Bear meets The Fall via the Voodoo Queens..Great stuff. Debut LP out Nov 19 Criminal Recs Das Fluff-Dark, compelling electro rock with some striking analogue synth sounds and a Marlene Dietrich like lead singer Frogbelly and Symphony- Folk, spoken word, post-punk, psychedelia and prog all thrown together, shouldn’t work but it does, 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. Bear Chest- 3 piece from Sheffield playing rumbling alt rock with punky attack and overdriven post Albini type shoutiness with infectious rancour- a bit like Slaves but less pop centric…sound damn good, as do a lotta Sheff acts right now. Gets a bit metally but punkishly malevolent and there’s some nice syncopation amidst the power splurging. Good band.
Homeless Billionaires- Two piece rock/grunge band featuring a pretty pared back sound with just drums, guitar and vocals – haunting vocals at that leading as they do into some frenzied screams/ululation!About to release an album. Inside the Circle-Blistering female fronted alt metal with a nod to the likes of Black Sabbath, Type O Negative and Pantera.
Daria- Young powerful female performance- some funk/soul covers from school of James Brown etc but the marvellous voice also bestraddles the odd haunting original taking in a little bit of Alanis Morrisette, though with soulful sass. Jessica Rhodes- easy on ear and eye alike, a sultry performance but with a bit of tood too. Katie Melua shaped piano toting smouldering boho fare… perhaps more Nora Jones in execution. Joe Jury- A sweet stab at bluesy folk, JJ has a nice soulful voice and musically it’s Damien Rice via Ben Howard. Good of its kind.
Scalper- NZ based Scalper showcases the talents of ex Fun-Da- Mental performer Nadeem Shafi- here taking on Tricky type textures with a tougher edge…lots of psychedelic sound FX and samples from Asian musicsand other exotica as well as Eno meeets Aphex Twin type soundscapes… prowling slinky beats with a breathy vocal/rap on top. Good stuff that twists and turns into all kinds of dark and devious corners, sometimes getting really pretty along the way. Tonite is the album launch show for the new Scalper record released on April 18th 2015 in France and EU on French label Jarring Effects…’Moody, gritty beats with introspective lyrics that conjure visions of epic proportions, and an electrifying live performance that demands attention. ‘- music.net.nz . Cardigan Jones- ‘voice of the faceless, face of the voiceless!’….breakbeat and electro pop via glitchy experimental electro and just a few nu rnb touches…the experimental end is very much kept up…interesting. Missa Watanabe Vs Space Traveler- the peerless live show where the bonkers Dr Suess stage set and his glamorous assistant collides with the maestro’s marvellous blend of breakbeat, dubstep, drum n bass and electronic oompah ska I shit ye not! New Aristocrats- disco erotica and pumping sassy techno mingled through with filmic interludes and sexually informed breathy vocals…all via a masqued ball image..2 gals and a guy doing something quite out there!
Empire Affair- a lot of emotion in the house, slowburning tunes that recall early U2 but with nice driving Strokes-like guitar. Winning formula.The Last Bugles- folk tinged rattling rocknroll with Faces/Stones nuances and some keening Beatles via John Lennon songcraft. Let it rip with much aplomb. The Bronsons- pub rock revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes. Lady Grey And The Earls- Heavy rock thru alt pop female fronted four piece that brings Evanessence to mind….or maybe a less operatic Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil). Gritty rocknroll but well and truly able to soar.
Monica And The Explosion- Monica and The Explosion is Monica Welander, an acoustic punk rock artist from Sweden. Since the release of her debut album in 2007 she has been touring all around the world, solo or with a band, and she has aroused great interest and repect for her dynamic live performances and her songs wherever she has been. The sound is best described as ”jukebox punk” – acoustic rock n’roll with attitude. “…the high energy gutsy songstress sings her heart out for 13 memorable short, sharp songs. There is a rush of adrenaline that explodes from her frantic strumming and a vocal drawl full of feeling and power which plays off against some of her tounge-twisting lyrics, radiating attitude and defiance.” (Vive Le Rock Magazine) Album review: KEEP IT ALIVE! 8/10 Greta Narvik- Folk tinged indie pop with post rock element ..Ms Narvik also has a Sigor Ros vibe without really sounding like ‘em…. from Italy and rocking quite a unique sound with nicely undulating tunes and a bewitching female vocal. Luna Drive- spacy synth sounds, dynamic, clattering drums and a prosaic but punchy vocal… A funky nu pop thing with progressive tendencies v ia a commercial vibe. Julie Diano- interesting- and very French- songstrel…forceful performances…think of Laetitia Sadier getting all forceful and empowered (not that she isn’t but you know what I mean). A bit of that French yea yea girls thing s but via perky show music and left field prog and new wave influences…like a hip and happening Toyah maybe… a bit Kate Bush like too. Great vocal performance. Lejon- Synthy funky rnb chill-out type tunes with interestingly quirky but earcandytastic male vocals.
Mangostone- beguiling power trio with an original spin on rock/metal sensibilities. Signal Flare- Blistering harcore infused rock featuring some pretty intense riffage, but tempered by memorable hooks and nicely melodic passages, Foo Fighters via Slipknot. V0id- Welsh alt rockers…Malcom Dome (Classic Rock/Total Rock Radio) digs ‘em, and it is indeed good stuff, the melody quotient is high and they’ve a polished commercial radio-ready sound, which nods to Manic Street Preachers at their commercial peak via Feeder but with a U.S. Stadium rock sheen without being in any way naff. Fine work. Wicked Faith- female fronted hard rock/metal..GnR type metal schockiness but the have sweet pop appeal too and a harder buzzing techy edge more akin to metal des nos jours. Nice. Alter Eden- Alt/rock band – technically accomplished and incredibly slick, as evinced in their videos. A smattering of covers from the likes of Muse and The Deftones and some arresting originals..
The Takes-Ramshackle indie rock with a nod to early Kings Of Leon but there’s also the rough hewn charm of Babyshambles in the mix and at times The kinks The New Thieves- Bouncey garage pop underpinned by taut post punk rhythms and psychedelic pop, really hooky tunes instantly infectious. 5 Goal Thriller- indie rock mover shakers with elements of The Cure and Dinosaur Jr.Le BangBang-Punked up indie rock from Paris like a fired up Libertines by way of The Clash, raw garagey siund but plenty in the way of hooks. Tini- Norwegian starlet.
Nice pure voice, a bit jazzy, a bit showbiz, the Scandy thing comes through but it’s quite mainstream pop with classic showtune inflections- and a bit of Katie Melawossname…piano toting babe with guitar accompaniment. lovely tunes, sweet delivery, promising indeed.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sun 3 May
Special Kinda Madness
SECOND SHOW ADDED DUE TO HIGH DEMAND! 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, with April’s date sold out three months ahead you need to make like Fred and book Early! Plus ska, soul and reggae DJ action til 2am…
The Silence- urgent up for it punky rocking indie- fast and furious with a smattering of schlock metal, and it works well- pop punk metal with commercial nous. Fab female ssinger and yeah she sounds great, the band rock hard and fast. Hayes & Y- Bulgarian alt band with a fizzing Brit indie sound combined with a post grunge groove rock based Stonesy swagger. Oasoid tood, but overall remind of Ocean Colour Scene with Carlos Santana on guitar! Some er Nice n Sleazy lyrics…’you love it when I make you scream/your sex is nothing but a dream….’ Ok then….Uberkill- cracking, dynamic, swaggering hard rock with a Pearl Jam meets Def Leppard feel. Birdman Culture- Alternative rock played with a fiery Foos feel.
Otto And The Witch Club- Fast paced rock n roll with a vintage feel but also sounds crisp and current. Some blues riffs thrown in over distorted vocals. Good build ups and some great guitar work. Alex Turner type vocals. Nice! gs.Tired Angels- Classic indie/alt/rock band – great songs, deep pantie moistening vocals. The Twisted Dolls-Garage punk blues with a stompin Glam thru power-pop vibe on some tunes and something a bit more earthy with a possible mid 70’s pub rock influence on others.
The Black Bullets- Ex XX Cortez- Motorhead/metally end of The Damned flavours (the Love Song style intro a big fave)- Wildhearts also, and The Ramones- all served up with plenty of righteous punk bluster – some NY Dolls D Johansen esque vox..Husker Du in here too..so bags of stuff to enjoy then me punkers!.. ‘Rock / Full Speed Rock n Roll / Punk Rock’ Colour Of Bone- Overdriven electro rock with proggish tendencies…all them ’80s nuances… heavy drums, fierce guitar noise…who is it like? Having amassed tens of thousands of stream and video plays, Colour Of Bone are garnering adulation online as well as on the airwaves. BBC6 Music define the act as sounding “like God’s balls colliding”…Missa watanabe Vs Space Travler- Our fave rave technotastic one man one gal happening…with their comedic interludes, Dr Seuss on ‘shrooms stage set and banging ballistic polka meets drum n bass via dubstep and klemer electronica a la bonkers this is a digital happening way beyond anything involving a coupla beardies on laptops somewhere in Dalston (I live in Dalston , no offence) Supubia- bits of Byrds, Beatles, Dylan n Stones but all with an urgent pist punk indie noir tood and some irreverent humour to boot. Jay Pearson- Picture The Killers on a more introspective tip.
Cray Snake Rebellion- Foot tappin’ rock n roll with a nod to Southern rock like Molly Hatchett…Think ZZ Top but fused with Americana/blue collar rock. Rusty G’s- Bluesy rock with Zep, Purple, Free elements agogo. Matildaz- Interesting two-piece – female vocalist with a huge voice not unlike that of Skin from Skunk Anansie - TurboWitch a drums and bass based happening….prog-psych band fronted by a David Bowie like impassioned performance with Queens of the Stone-age touches.
The Science of the Lamps-Are an 8 piece outfit of drums, bass, cello, keys, acoustic and lead guitar, plus vocal harmonies from ‘The Usherettes’. Their inspiration comes from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movie scores, Nordicana, wine, flamenco, trip-hop, music boxes, Paris and whiskey bars. Yoko Syndrome- New wave pop, some nice swirling Stranglers like keyboards and there’s a Magazine vibe too, good stuff short sharp hooky tunes. Edward Rogers – Is from NYC but originally Brum- sounds a bit like Robyn Hitchcock, backing is alt country/nu folk with Beatlesy pop sensibility, interesting quirky and compelling tunes. ElleKaye- Angular uber indie insistintly hooky pop tunes with a post-punk edginess
Bugeye- female 3 piece doing new wave pop, like an edgier Elastica with elements of post punk like the Banshees, Wire and X Ray Spex too, good energetic hooky tunes with a vigorously cool delivery. Skivers- Punk rock at it’s rawest, somewhere between the Ramones and Sham 69. Rascalishly sassy good fun. Slutdrop- punk pop a la ’90s – Rancid, Symposium or ’80s -The Stupids- even a bit of ’70s - The Dickies…. it’s punk to the max but with a definite pop factor. City Strays- Punk band in the style of Stiff Little Fingers -
Doctor Nut- 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 damn good act. Recruits- indie rock with an impressively epic sound which nods to Prog but also has the confident swagger of yer Oasises works well nicely hooky tunes to boot.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Wed 20 May
Jodie Lea- exposing a feisty sound with great vocals and some imaginative pop hooks, former Southside Story and Kiss Off‘s Jodie Lee’s radioastic new single Dirty Face explores the theme of conflict and rebellion. A track steeped in guitar from the outset and leading quickly into a very pacey club number with thumping beats and a fantastically choreographed dance troupe to boot. All of this is perfectly set against a backdrop of raw edgy landscape and a smoulderingly hot Jodie injecting a presence of determination into every crevice of rock.
Enrolling the producing talents of Benny V & Dfrnt Lvls from MC Stevie Hyper D’s Camp and legendary label Dance Concept. (Club DNB), Garage Pioneer K – Warren who made some of the UKG biggest hits like Coming Home, Something In Your Eyes. (Garage Mix), Gaston Zani London’s Ministry Of Sound & Head Kandi resident and DJ Producer (House Mix) and Alter Ego & Scoop under the wing of ex head of Sony BMG and Hollywood film consultant publisher Mr Art Ford (DNB Commercial Mix). Dirty Face is set to storm the charts and the nation.
The track is one of angst and shows a rebellious spirit you would expect from a 23 year old trying to carve out a career in music. With a distinctive and seductive look and an attitude to match it’s no wonder Jodie Lea is gaining support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Sara Jane Crawford and industry names such as UKG revivalists Big Brovaz, Ortis Deeley and Myleene Klass.
Brothers- late 60’s acid rock played in a raw garage punk manner, but on largely acoustic instruments, psychedelic folk punk if that makes any sense, well it does to me, it’s fantastic! Performing tonight as a 4 piece. The two brothers are a shit kicking fiddle and guitars duo from the USA playing all that mad mountain music..Orange Blossom etc, the fiddle brother is very talented, amazing tone and craft with the fiddle. They both are! Playing Big Church Day Out and augmented with bass and drums especially for both occasions.
New Vinyl- Rootsy Americana infused indie-blues-rock with a bit of a nod to Kings Of Leon but it’s a gritty Northern indie take on them groovy inbreds. Centre Excuse- Eyeless In Gaza or Stuart Moxham (Young Marble Giants) spring to mind here, or maybe Colin Vercombe (Black)…In creating a blend of Electronic synthesizers and rock influences, a new energetic dynamic sound has already seen them in the vanguard of an emerging breed of underground electronic artists. Centre Excuse has independently released one 6 track EP ‘All Systems Go’ and 6 singles, gaining coverage on local, national and Internet radio & press. Performing at some of the best venues across the UK and with over 600,000 views on YouTube….Hands Of Industry- with the nod to Heaven 17 in the name we know we’re in the indie electropop realm here, harks back to early Human League too, especially the vocals, whilst the keys are on a Depeche Mode trip and there’s some nice solid live drums. There’s a bit of a goth element too..think late ’80s Sister Of Mercy in particula… HOI make a very convincing noise. Big Cosmos- Cure -ish 1980s oriented alt guitar pop. Editors in here too, a bit of that Coldplay/Snow Patrol post post rock throb too- though it could be more JAMC sans the feedback squall…so maybe Glasvegas could be a touchstone too.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 23 May
Rubbish OasisTributeBand- An Italian Oasis tribute with that puzzling name…what the fooook I’m not arsed you might say in an arsey monobrowed Gallagherian manner as you drain another can of stella- but last time round they packed out the DC with joyful fans almost drowning out their Liam G with the singalong effect. Not to be missed for mean and women of a certain going down the hall like a cannonball vintage and a shakermakertastic disposition….
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.
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!! 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!…