Punk 4 Mental Health Fundraiser- All star punk rock happening raising funds and awareness of mental health research with art show and auction in a jam packed week of events. More news to follow shortly… The Vibrators- From early records backing Chris Spedding thru the Feelgoods glam punk of We Vibrate thru Pure Mania in 1977, The Vibrators have always been the thoroughly accomplished but still utterly kick ass end of Romantic punk n roll, showing the upstarts how it’s done at the time of the initial punk rock boom and still doing it now. Their streamlined power trio line up has won them new friends too. Baby Baby, Disco In Moscow, Automatic Lover, Troops Of Tomorrow, what’s not to love? Knox– Original Vibrator and the man behind those ace songs Knox nips next door from his esteemed Rock And Roll Rescue charity experience, straps on a guitar and performs some of those great songs too…will he join his old compadres on stage? You’ll have to come along to find out, but something along the lines of Pontifs being Catholics and ursine beats defecating in forested areas could be uttered here… PistolheadUK- Yoof dem playing punk circa ’77/’78…funsome and catchy….more Sham than Pistols perhaps… Wailing guitars, driving bass, destructive drums and political messages that challenge the status quo, Pistolhead get the blood flowing and keep you on your toes. Nuffin- Original Caterham based punk rock outfit reformed and rekindled, as heard on the most recent Bored Teenagers compilation..Volume 9 no less! It’s always good to hear these nuggets again…and Nuffin were Sumfin…they were the overseers of the original drum stool for one Roger Bullen for one..AKA the infamous Dee Generate from Eater. Arrive early for punk gold…and arrive early for Princip– swaggering pop rock like an edgy, punkier Kaiser Chiefs with some lilting pop ska elements that recalls Madness, all in all an ace eclectic frothy pop mix starring former Hollyoaks star Che Watson…
ESE & The Vooduu People-Female fronted blues rock trio featuring an ex-Noisette on drums, ,nicely stripped back sound, no frippery, gets to the point from the get go and singer has a unique and soul-searching voice, impressive. Bird & Family Bryan-biscuit dry minimal beats and ethereal Vinni Reilly like guitar via subtle beatboxing and beautiful layered harmonies. Like a folk ambient take on early Cocteaus. Rather lovely. Very good. Kape Kanaveral– edgy Post punk with nicely raw jagged guitar and a garage punk feel to the drums n bass, and an interesting vocal with a David Byrne vibe without really sounding too much like him, simplistic but effective, hooks aplenty. Gabriela Eva– Hip hop tinged jazz infused folk pop, lovely fluid latin tinged guitar, and her voice is great, distant echoes of Nina Simone, but also recent Rn B and hip-hop. fine work. Barasuara– Alt rock from Malaysia, sung in Malay, rocking a really polished production, strong melodies and lovely Beach Boys-like harmonys and a possible nod to Foo Fighters at times, but with a bit more depth and emotion.
Lord Numb– taking Krautrock, the grinding and gritty end of punk rocknroll and goodly doses of Bowie and Iggy and attendant artcore pop nutrition, The Lord and his mighty men have been upping the heaviosity ante for some time now…it’s a blistering night out for sure with some real abdominally challenging bass and wigout guitar solos to boot. Ace tunes including a sprinkling of new wave classics, always a fab nite out, especially in The Dublin…Sun Arcana– Impassioned Alt-rock on a Muse, Biffy Clyro or Oceansize tip…Partisan– vocally first you think King Creosote but then some big punky ass guitars kick in…and it’s like King Creosote fronting The Clash! Plenty of light and shade, some sophisticated songwriting and arranging and all in a powerful performance. A bit Skids like too…anthemic. The Kontours– Hard hitting blistering garage rock n roll, bristling with punk-like energy, really strong tunes too, like a turbo-charged Artic Monkeys in places, Ace.
Sick On The Bus– Dirty, hard drinking, two fingers in the air Punk Rock! Yeah I think that covers it…now featuring Skum on the drumstool…that’s the drummer’s name not a vomit incident. Su- feckin- perb. Blatoidea– Screamy shouty fast tempo anarcho-punk with hints of UK Subs and Subhumans and Anti-Flag. Super charged relatively youthful heroes of proper punk rock, not to be missed. in the vocals as well. Code Blue– with ramalamatastic debut album ‘Punks In The Street’ now available Code Blue’s ferocious pop punk is a welcome addition to this state of the punk nation address of addresses innit. The Kadt- Raw street punk with U.S hardcore leanings- Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies…Metally in part (Sepultura via Cro Mags) but all good. Intense and ferocious.
Lewis Bootle– Wonderful new British talent championed by Frank Turner….delivering excellent material with a folkish estuary English twang, the resolute singer songwriterliness of which is topped off most attractively with moody keys and atmospheric tones and touches….Mr Bootle has a very strong vocal delivery and works up some very poetic words like a male Kate Tempest on a Dylan thru Jamie T tip. Winner of Best Unsigned Male 2015, his first release ‘Do What I Need’ was Track of the Week on BBC Introducing, featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Mixtape and has been getting airplay on radio stations across the UK.
Lewis’s debut EP, ‘Friction in the Funds’ was released on the 5th October to rave reviews and reached the top 10 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.www.facebook.com/lewisbootlemusic twitter/ insta: @Bootytunes
Gecko– Excellent young solo artist with a cheeky chappie funk tinged indie pop angle on street rhymin’ culture…bags of charm will means mums and aunties will dig Gecko just as much as the girls next door .loads of pop appeal here and loveable for sure. Luke Carey– Acoustic singer/song writer with a Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Jamie T, Paolo Nutini inspired set of highly effective and affecting songs. Promising stuff.
Headache-Post hardcore punk pop with intense ‘n vitreolic vocals a la Gallows and a metallic sheen to the guitars Limb To Limb-low slung sleaze rock with a tight Monster Magnet feel.. crisp, economically performed hard rock like ZZ Top meets Back In Black era AC/DC on some serious navel contemplating narcotics. 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 bright and breezy Emergency Tiara-American pop rock band with a nice 4 to the floor approach and a fetching female pop vocal part Blondie part Belinda Carlisle….quite pop but with a soulful edge,
Daxx & Roxane– Glam romantic hard rock Swiss cats doing a ripping dynamic and melodic rocknroll singalong stomp along clap along creation. Commercial as Hell. Treacherous Dogs– an eclectic mix of 70s garage rock infused with northern soul beats and punk/surf rock inspired guitars. Their influences are said to range from The Strokes, New Order, Dick Dale, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and Northern Soul acts. From the ashes of The Jude who were also hot. Lensmen- Dark ‘n dramatic post-punk infused rock with a nod to the likes of Nick Cave, Joy Division and Radiohead. Always encompass a keen sense of theatre without losing sight of the tune/hooks… The Other Ones– post Manics punky powerpop but enough wide eyed, wide legged rocknroll appeal to take you into cheekier,chirpier pop climes. Nice Teenage Fanclub (early and raw) elements, harmonies are neat and the songs all develop very nicely.
Only The Poets-indie pop moderne with big whooshing choruses and an all round stadia-slaying sound in the same ballpark as Bastille without really sounding too much like em, polished radio-friendly production too, Vs. Robots- spacey synth sounds and quirky proggish passages that recall Calvert era Hawkwind and melancholic Rush meets Muse alt rock. Quite adventurous and definitely experimenting with the forms but commercial all the same, fine work. Sq Bomb-Odd but compelling fuzz guitar driven, wonky Garage punk, has an early Beefheart feel, with an electro interface, though the female vocal is coming from a post punk angle, interesting stuff. Black Sonic Revolver-Manchester based indie rock combo, tunes have a pleasing psychedelic sheen with a bluesy undertow, decent hooks and plenty of conviction delivery-wise.
Austin Gold-blusey heavy rock , pretty much the same components as Whitesnake, but a groove-rock version thereof.., blues wailin vox, Hammond etc, skillfully reworks Kashmir, a Booker T number and the recent career of Jo Bonnamassi in the space of one song. For The Hornets-Punk n roll with a fair bit of old school punk to the sound, there’s a bit of a Ramones-like sing-along-ability and they’ve an abrasive but tight sound that reminds of Nirvana too, but less intense more pop.
Nerve Collection– a blues imbued grunge lunge that goes for the rocknroll jugular. Wastin’ Years– Blistering Post -grunge metal, good use of light n shade, sounds like Soundgarden by way of Metallica with elements of stoner rock bolted on
The Adrenaline Animals-hyper punky attack on Britpop and noughties indie flavours. A taut and tight three piece packing loads of attitude, loads of energy and some cracking yob savant songs. The Bipolar Rollers – alluring blend of angular art rock, post punk, fringe and rawk. Throw in some fascinating covers done mucho originally too…. Inhaler– Punked-up indie rock, coming on a bit like the more abrasive side of Nirvana, via old school punk. Neon Atlas- Pristine hook laden indie pop from Cork, with a dreamy nigh-on shoegaze feel in places, though also reminiscent of classic old school stuff like Gigilo Aunts and Teenage Fanclub
Dubvocaliza- Returning to the Dublin Castle during the London Ska and Reggae Fest, Dubvocaliza present a crucial blend of rock dynamics and regga vibes built on soulful, sometimes jazz tinged musicality. If you dig Marley, Aswad or Steel Pulse you’ll love Dubvocaliza, but likewise if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, Massive Attack, or Marvin Gaye. Linah- urban uber pop- RnB meets techy world pop. Linah is currently working closely with the music producers who are currently working and responsible for hits with Jess Glynn, Little Mix, Sean Paul and more. ‘My performance is really unique and stands out of the crowd. I aim to entertain to the best of my ability and it is shown through my set up. I have 2 male dancers and a guitar player… that’s all I can say for now. ‘ Intriguing!
The Fortissimo- Back again in it’s downhome home of homes, The Dublin Castle, expect joyous rhythm n blues for dancing and aural delight both. Vintage music from the 1920s to 1950s from jazz, swing, blues cajun, rock n roll and soul with DJ Rohan at the helm.
Henry’s Funeral Shoe- Down n’ dirty blues infused rock n’roll, or “punk-energy-blues-drenched-rock n’ roll” as they put it. Word! The Black Keys meets Grand Funk Railroad meets some early Led Zeppelin riffage meets a whole lotta talent!Hot from their esteemed and steamy month long residency in the DC recently… The Queen’s Bastards-Grunge through an indie-punk lens, so nu-grunge maybe, pretty neat, have decent hooks and overall sound like a turbo-charged Nirvana Karto-Indie rock with an electro interface, searing lead guitar, hooky tunes and impassioned performance, hints at Electric 6 and in places The Kills, but with a more organic garage punk sound Neil Brophy Band-Billy Bragg and Bowie in his dropped aitches Brixton Boy mode get weirdly mangled here and it works a treat…Celtic soul, folk rock troubadourings and melodic, strident pop punk fare. All highly accessible and entertaining.
Jacobins– ‘An infectious Indie Rock’ – CLASH ‘It’s got stadium filler written all over it.’ – It’s All Indie ‘They’ve got the whole package; youthful good looks, killer tunes, rock ‘n’ roll attitude and more energy than Usain Bolt after a binge on Bovril, Speed and Lucozade.’ – Louder Than War ‘Liverpool’s brithesest prospects’ – GigWise ‘The band most likely to ‘do a Catfish’ and explode’ – GigSlutz. Thankyou ladies and gentlemen of the press, nuff said…Yep self assured uber-confident indie a-la Kasabian. Malarkey Affair– classic indie pop with very tuneful singalong numbers and a nicely placed jangle angle in the guitar. Lots of ’60s inflections and plenty of plaintive scally pop leanings…somewhere between The Coral and Boo Radleys with plenty of Johnny Marr in the axe. Good band. Only young lads too with a nice mix of cool geek and rocknroll dudeness in their look. The Bad Habits- Genuflecting upon the cassock of rocknroll clad in the hassock of Brit indie , amen.
Unknown Pleasures- These guys and their primal, punky, poised and perky take on the incredible Joy Division canon have been doing the rounds as long as Buggerbear…we’re a match made in heaven, haha. Always an ace night out…yes ‘Ian Curtis’ has adapted the trademark moves a tad since he ahem died and maybe slightly more padded than you recall, and Peter Hook seems to have transmogrified into a goff Yul Bryner etc etc but don’t watch that….a brilliant and lovestruck tribute to adore. Radio Generation– superbly augmented by these chaps..Rad Gen are our good friend Lord Numb in a new new wave, post punk and punk rock conceptualizing tribute scenario…the setlist will be a dream coz the guy has taste…there’ll be some Bowie I’d warrant…what else? Wait and see..it’ll be tremendous.. Dollie Demi- Exciting new talent outta Manc, natch… DD is a young female artist doing street attitiude imbued uber pop with dropped haitches but the key here is Manc not Cockney…some punky bits, some pop bits, even some power chords- and an anthemic pop tune that could really appeal across the board. Got something this gal, like a Northern punker Lilly Allen maybe. New EP ‘Boys Suck’ is due outthis month. DJs We Got Killers spin the plates that are greats from indie, punk, soul, reggae, electro and more
,Stevie Heger– Beautifully hewn Americana, all quite sunny and upbeat…But then Stevie is the long time Former Beach Boy, Al Jardine’s Drummer, who toured with the Beach Boys, has released 7 albums over 22 years and has toured regularly throughout the United States and Japan with his established group of 6, Hey Stevie! resulting in a wide Fan base. Heger produced the last Al Jardine (Beach Boys) CD, “A Postcard from California”, which featured Beach Boys’ Carl and Brian Wilson along with Glen Campbell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, America and Steve Miller. He has worked on a vast array of material and over 1000 recordings from Santana to Neil Young. Expect a masterclass in American music. The Baskervilles- coming on like an indie Roy Orbison or Gene Pitney– this singer emotes, it’s all quite Tinderdticks or Cinerama….widescreen romantic indie with boho passion aplenty. Also dip a toe in the old loud bit quiet bit Monkeys Arctic area…but the quality is always there. Luna Neptune- ‘Space Pop Folk Rock with additional trinkets thrown in’…sounds about rite…samples, electronics and found sounds, an ethereal distant vocal and psychedelically strummed contemplative acoustic guitars…the lead vocal is plaintive and warblesome and not a little bluesy, a little Grace Slick – could certainly make Jefferson Airplane comparisons…a fair bit of lovd up and love lorn desert psych going down here.. The Other Ones- post Manics punky powerpop but enough wide eyed, wide legged rocknroll appeal to take you into cheekier,chirpier pop climes. Nice Teenage Fanclub (early and raw) elements, harmonies are neat and the songs all develop very nicely.
Michelle O Faith-An arresting and unique vocal, musically it’s Massive Attack via Bjork a lush pop production, but a standout voice soulful and powerful but with a slight of kilterdness a-la Sinead O’Conner Frhetoric– London based hip-hop artist, with elements of grime and dubstep and pretty good flow to the rapping, quite a unique sound with a possible nod to old school brit-hop like Blade. Lottie Jones – Nora Jones meets Maxine Quaye but with stripped down minimal jazz pop backing- just guitar and drums- she has a fine voice, outstanding indeed.
Doors from 7.15
£6/£4.50 on the door
Fri 28 Apr
+ Coco La Funk + Grafted
Birdsworth – a GRAVY BASS collective. Have opened for The Milk, The Rifles & New Street Adventure. Their sound steals chords, beats and stage moves from P-funk, Bee Gees & Indonesian Psyc. Listen at www.gravybass.com Coco La Funk – a hothot cauldron of pure unadulterated funk, with squirts of soul, reggae, dub and plenty of slap bass & saxophone to go round. Have shared bills with Smoove & Turrell, Eddie Piller and The Nextmen. Grafted – Slick chords, surf guitars, perfect songcraft and a heavy influence of Faithless thrown in for good measure. Plus D.J. Vincent Synan of We Are Modernism – spinning Funk/Soul/Hip-Hop/Dub and more.
John Rossall is a founding member of The Glitterband, the silver clad powerhouse behind the disgraced one we don’t need to bother with anymore…it’s all about these guys. This is John Rossall’s glorious Glitterband…Up until very recently it was also fellow original stack heeled pioneer Harvey Ellison‘s Glitterband. Harvey played the distinctive sax that was such a key part of the band’s sound, but sadly passed away since we arranged this show. So tonight is a celebration of Harvey Ellison and the amazing run of superb 1970s defining hit singles he helped make so very wonderful.
And what a primal, mould breaking, magnificent pop noise they made in their 1970s heyday…check the record… Rock And Roll Part 2, Angel Face, Just For you…loads of ace numbers…so here’s a reet treat for you all. The Glitterband playing all them fabulous numbers again, book early! Let’s Get Together Again… The Priscillas- long standing all girl trash n garage/punk n roll London institution with proper ballsy tood to the fore. Kerrang said it adroitly – ‘The Cramps, The Shangri Las and New York Dolls all rolled into one’…A perfect start to a brilliant party.
Alixandrea Corvyn– Powerfully voiced, uber glamour gothique chic chick whose rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’ with accompanying ‘hot’ vid will certainly turn heads. She looks great and it’s an accomplished noir pop outfit she’s fronting. Cool. Amongst Animals– Dynamic grunge flecked alt rock, moments of Dinosaur Jnr-esque heaviosity but also a lightness of touch and damn hot melody quotient that puts ’em in Queens Of The Stone Ages’ ballpark, also the Pixies, good stuff. Near Death Experience– Psych-tinged indie pop, reminds of The Chills, also some of Julian Cope’s solo work, decent hooks and a bit of a funk undertow at times, good work. tAngerineAct- folk noir, exotic, quixotic, inspiringly cool take on traditional acoustic textures.
The Rainband- “Tipped for greatness by everyone from BBC 6Music to Rolling Stone Magazine, the Rainband’s sound is a noteworthy example of how the genre can manifest itself in pop music today. Calling on a medley of guitars, keys, smashing drums and Martin Finnigan’s vocal power, the powerful rhythms and epic melodies the band are widely acclaimed for have cemented their seat at new independent rock’s head table.” The Trusted-Are a young 4 piece band originally from Leigh On Sea in Essex. Coming together with a host of influences ranging fromU2, The Clash, Catfish and The Bottlemen, to The Strokes, Elvis Costello and Muse they quickly discovered a shared passion for crafting intelligent, rocking indie tunes evolving into a fierce but melodic indie rock beast with a reputation for high-energy live shows. Feva- Indie Classique, strong tunes executed with verve and conviction, shades of Artic Monkeys, here and there but pretty much their own sound
These Smiths- ‘As Seen On TV’ …not half, hot on the heels of USA’s The Sweet And Tender Hooligans and the ‘Mexican Morrissey’ we give you the UK’s greatest tribute to all things Mozza and Smiths based…since their appearance on TV These Smiths have already amassed more social media likes/ followers than ALL OTHER Smiths tributes combined in just 6 months….The band formed in 2015, shortly after their lead singer performed as Morrissey on ITV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ later racking up over 13,000 followers on Twitter. Renowned as the closest sounding tribute band to the real thing, ‘These Smiths’ are a must see for fans of ‘The Smiths’ and ‘Morrissey’ “His Morrissey is brilliant. Uncanny!” – Harry Hill
“A dead cert winner on Stars In Their Eyes. Mozzer (not Sheila) take a bow” – Marc Riley
Tiefenrausch are huge in their native Germany…and are just celebrating their 20th year in the skanking and slammin’ biz of show with some all too rare UK shows, including this not to be missed pressure cooker must of a gig…Specializing in their own Berliner brand of bubblin’ brass led political punky reggae, it shall indeed be a punky reggae party. The Irregulars– ska/reggae covers in the post2 tone mould but with some damn nice variants…like a super nice take on The Wailers’ Simmer Down..gonna bring the party to the party. Kareem Shabazz And The Ryddim Kings– Excellent roots thru pop reggae employing a lickle Studio 1 foundation business and lots to enjoy for fans of Dennis Brown, Aswad and Marley. Not a little Marvin Gaye in the smooth, soulful vocal too.
Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels- Specials’ guitarist, original member/pivotal songwriter (Concrete Jungle, Rat Race, Hey Little Rich Girl etc) has fronted his own punk and rockabilly informed outfits since the 2 Tone heyday, and with this particular troupe of Skabilly Rebels cooks up a wonderful stew of delicious bluebeat and rocknroll. Frenetic, fiery funtime, not to be missed. Steve Hooker Stripped Down Stompin Band- super charged dirty Essex Delta rocknroll trio, get a reet good and grinding riffology going and take it to the dancefloor with a sleazy Link Wray twang…damn good. The Remnants– expertly and fondly portrayed Beatles in Hamburg style beat music combo with gritty garage grind at their core but plenty of that moptop melody too. Wonderful work. The Gallery’s-inspired by early Who, The Jam and The Las, these scally pop kings will get this fab night going with fire and fizz.
DJs We Got Killers- No turkeys, only killer diller Saturday Night party tuneage of a lethal dance floor murderation kind til the wee wee hours.
The Flaming Stars– Wonderful to have this pivotal London band back again forthis Bank Holiday Happening, many marvelous Dublin Castle gigs back in the day, and hopefully plenty more to come. John Peel favourites, their slinky garage punk tweaked rocknroll romantique hits a beautiful sweet spot somewhere between The Seeds and perhaps a Joe Meek wrangled Gallon Drunk, with tunes to die for and tood aplenty via the beautifully trashy keys of frontman, bon viveur and wordsmith Max Decharne...still, the swish Dirk Bogarde of Ye Trashe, the wrongful ravishes of time ain’t touched him or his ace band. The Jolenes– London’s favourite all-girl bluegrass band. With harmonies & hairdos evoking a bygone era of vintage glamour and forbidden foundation garments, the Jolenes rustle up a down-home blend of spicy bluegrass and sweet old-time country, with a dash of red hot rockabilly thrown in for good measure. In their signature red frocks, the Jolenes gather round a single microphone in the traditional bluegrass style to deliver songs of love, hate, horses and muleskinners. Add to this hair-raising fiddle, hard-driving banjo, and a foot-stomping rhythm section, and you’ve got yourself some red hot rockin’ bluegrass!
Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons– Pussycat in the Dublin is always immense, most definitely not to be missed. They just get better and better, the intensity of their very own brand of punk rock, the quality of the material, it’s all remarkably uplifting. The Stooges, Pistols, Stooges, Cramps and The Ramones all resonate but none of them guys had the confrontational but sympatico Puss up front challenging the audience at every whoop and yelp and delivering such monstrously cool songs. Why aint they massive part 94….. Army Of Skanks– Powerfully hewn girls to the fore (well the drummer is a geez) punk pop n roll with a Runaways meets Babes In Toyland feel. Excellent, what a night you lucky bleeders. The Featherz– Danie Cox’s Bowie and glam informed punk rock passion play. Ace songs aplenty, she can definitely write em. A corrective aural attack on all things mundane and murky in a post Trump world. Anarchistwood- Taking searing acid singed psych punk, cranium scrapingly intense and played with sass and joy and imbued with just a whiff of cool conceptual punk pranksterism hese anarchists wood give the MC5 and The Stooges a run for their ramalama. Another shit hot outfit with strong woman upfront, Juno be praised.
Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door £6 in advance
Sun 27 Aug
Special Kinda Madness
+ (Matinee and Evening Show) + Special Guest DJs
The Specials and Madness all rolled into one giant ska shaped Bank Holiday/Carnival bundle of joy. Sunday 27th August, is the day before Madness’ House of Commons show on Clapham Common, and this special show is an excellent aperitif for that happening in the very ancestral seat of The Nutty Boys.
A matinee AND evening show starting around 3pm special guest DJ, the band playing for at least two and a half hours and ska, soul, reggae and rocksteady music right into the late hours.
Doors from 7.15
£14 on the door £12 in advance
Sat 7 Oct
Foo 5ighters-That Foos Feeling without the broken legs and ticket touts!
Four musicians at the top of their game, perform the biggest hits from your favourite rock band – the Foo Fighters!
Kingz of leon is a celebration of music for the band that shares a similar name! From the early youth and young manhood album right up to the current studio releases all done faithfully with real conviction