+ (Brilliant Madness Tribute) + DJs We Got Killers
Baggy Trousers- Welsh Madness tribute anyone? Be silly not to…all done with super style and an individual approoach that’s effortlessly cool..Baggy Trews are a fine addition to the Ancestral Seat Of The Nutty Boys Hall Of Fame..AKA The Dublin Castle…pure party assured. NB earlier reports that Baggy Trousers were Belgian have since been disclaimed. However they would like to point out that they often enjoy Tin Tin, chocolate and Stella Artois.
Eyelid Movies- alt punk grunge hits some neo psych 1960s vibes and a fine thread of Radiohead cum Foo Fighters cerebral progressive grooviness…..but these young fellamelads still know the worth of taking the edgy punkish route too. Great band, much, much promise…East End Lovers- Snappy indie funk recalls The Blockheads, has the pop nouse of Supergrass and there’s maybe echos of The Libertines but pretty much their own sound, strong tunes too, great stuff Iron Islands- Emotive piano driven alt pop, musically a bit like early Wild Beasts, soulsearching dramatic tunes. Yea verily good.
The Homosexuals formed out of the ashes of The Rejects in London in 1976. In 1977 The Homosexuals gave birth almost single-handedly to the D.I.Y./post-punk/art-punk squat aesthetic movement in London. The Homosexuals are still active, in the form of their creator and main thinker Bruno Wizard. Working with a new generation of radical artists, Wizard is connecting like-minded conscious souls who never did and never will give up. “Simply put, one of the most flawlessly great British punk/post-punk bands.” -WFMU “The Homosexuals were, by all accounts, one of those late-1970s UK garage-punk bands that deserved to reach a wider audience alongside icons like the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and all the rest.”
-Marc Hogan, Pitchfork “I just had the closest thing to a religious experience since my bar mitzvah… The Homosexuals played the most dynamic, explosive set I’ve seen in a couple years.” -The Washington PostJowe Head/Infernal Contraption- Nigh on baggy beats keep it dancy amidst the chamber pop for the ex Swell Maps / Palookas guy here as he does his wonderfully weird croon on top and sheets of post punk pop guitar chime in over duelling bvs and string sounds / backward psych FX. The pop end of Hawkwind or Wire meets the likes of Teardrop Explodes and Love (mariarchi brass no less!)- great stuff, luv it. May well also feature someone from Chrome Hoof! -this evening is a post punk tour de force ladies and gentlemen…. Rantipoles- Ex Gertrude…pop punk skiffle played with the kind of vim too rarely witnessed in these days of musical margarine. Excellent work as you’d expect from their fine heritage. The Vulz- garage punkings of a perky persuassion.
Lord Numb- From powerful post wave rockouts to wistful almost pyschedelic vibes and edgy electronica, Lord Numb and hos crack riddim section are a bit like Word Of Twist in that rocking yet ethereal sense…but powered along by big dubby basslines, shiny production values and wobbly and space rocky sensibilities, but with crisp synth lines and beats. Bowie/Iggy/Killing Joke…And hooks, hooks, hooks….more hooks than Peter Hook‘s secret love island…good work. The Dirty Truth- ska tinged indie with nifty nods to The Clash and The Kinks in much the same way as Babyshambles or the Libertines, good though quite catchy with plenty of bounce. Boiiiiiing….Mesmer Disciples- heavy and at times dang vicious psychedelic rock with an agitated and at times unhinged vocal, stirring stuff that doesn’t really sound like anyone I can think of, so good stuff…Honey Lung- Shoegaze via C86 indie doings.. there’s a pleasing jangle to the guitars, with dreamy boy/girl vocals, nods to Slowdive in places, see also early pre-Isnt Anything M.B.V and various Sarah Records bands..The Summons.indie band playing danced up dub reggae with strangely proggy guitars works well, has an on u sounds vibe to it, which progressively turns into dancey indie pop and the dub element is less prevelant. A lot going on but not too cluttered. Plenty of ideas anddecent hooks
The Vibrators- what can ya say about The Vibrators…doing it before it even had a name but very much punk, albeit form the Romantic rocknroll end of the punk rock tradition…..their classic early albums still sound triffic, and there’s loads of later classics besides meaning tonight’s set promises to be a smorgasbord of high cheekboned supercool rock and goddamn roll…founding songwriter Knox may not be in the band anymore per se, but he is just next door in RocknRoll Rescue so you never know…he may get up on stage tonite…..A Body Of People- excellent blend of rousing alt folk, shiversome piratical psych and melodic, inclusive punk rocknroll..wunnerful work 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 Bronsons- pub rock revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes.
Malin-Gritty indie rock with driving guitar and stripped down sound, memorable tunes, performed with verve which hint at the Replacements without really sounding too much like, em, great stuff The Mojo Slide-Nicely honed acoustic folk pop with some lovelyAmericana vocalising..The Band meets Mumfords-Eugenio-Easy on the ear m.o.r soul jazz funk trio, all great players with great lightness of touch and flow, especially the guitar work, highly accomplished 5 Goal Thriller- indie rock mover shakers with elements of The Cure and Dinosaur Jr.
Starsha Lee- Crispin Dogbones/Queen Adrena/Daisy Chainsaw‘s… new band ..again, female fronted punky loud rocknroll , and git on board cos this’ll be their 1st gig!…Sabre Tooth Monk- melodic alt rock with metally undercurrent but nicely pitched vocals lifting things to pop friendly skies…a Thin Lizzy out take meets a pop grunge vibe- Lizzy is my main thought though. “Hailing from various parts of Northwest London, this musical collective is an honest source of good rock vibes, with a sound reminiscent of bands such as Queens of the Stone Age…” Immigrant007- combining dark post Joy Division type rhythmic industrial rock with techy electronica more outta O.M.D/early Ultravox!, the noirish sounds of Central European artniks Immigrant007 certainly also has a bit of that John Barry/Barry Adamson ‘Spectre’ about it suggested by the name, and features the poetry of Carolyn Wallace in the remarkabale lyrics…Hotdoggrrrl and the sesame buns-Attitood to the fore Female fronted fuzzed up garage punk with a twangsome surf element and plenty of conviction as well as decent tunes. Space Blaster-Alt blues rock duo with the low slung heaviosity of Dead Weather or Royal Blood but also grooves in a T Rex kinda way, recent recordings produced by Youth (Killing Joke), storming stuff
Belter Xmas Partay!.. . The Things- Semi-legendary 1980s Manc band, recently reformed and set to relive their brilliant psych punk rumble- Belter- ‘Punk for grown-ups who like a dance’ Camden-born post-post-punk heroes. The Clash and the Buzzcocks, a little Smiths and plenty of on stage excitement. Johann Kloos- Salford solo pop maverick…think of Pete Shelley‘s early solo punky electronica and a little hollersome art punk lofi of the Alternative TV variety then you’re in the one man berserker ballpark of Mr Kloos. The Elder State- Liverpool-based rock trio made up of of ex-members of bands that bagged record and publishing deals and a Peel Session, including Kill Laura, Fiasco, Voo and the Van Buhren Brothers. Loping Pavement/Fall type sounds through ghostly vocals and eerie melodies redolent of The Chills or The Go Betweens. Angel Underground- Blistering alt rock with an edgy punked-up delivery influenced by the likes of Motorhead, MC5 and Danzig
Missmaze- Alt rock/grunge. Quite slow paced, strange vocal harmonies take it away from -say- Monster Magnet- and nearer Hawkwind. Very entrancing with an at times almost Krautrock riddim.. spaces you out so muchyou forget you’re listening to it until you realize what a good time you’re having. Fiends-Heavy but melodic alt rock, fiercly over driven guitars, there’s a bit of a prog element lots of syncopated breakdowns but grooves nicely too, in Enter Shakiri‘s ball park without sounding too much like em Dead Dollar Days No-nonsense frippery-free rock with a Royal Blood via a de-progged Muse vibe, have an impressively big sound memorable tunes and they rock admirably Owl Head Female fronted blues rock, with a underlying funk element and some deft lead guitar possible nod to Big BrotherAnd The Holding Company.
The Apartment-Snappy pop-funk like The Bar-Kaysfronted by a female vocal with a distinct Northern Soul feel. Great stuff. Practical Lovers-Biscuit tin riddim box, Joy Div basslines and a vocal that has post punkness written all over it and is also Ian Curtis like but with an odd and rather endearing slight wrinkle in it…like he has a half eaten pork scratching in his mouth. Nice perky little keyboards too. Reminds me of early OMD too though not as electro – really charming and ‘Textbook romance’ is a great tune, one of many indeed. The Harlots- with their excellent new single ‘Chinese Carpet Factory’ turning heads The Harlots’ rippin’ Beatle stomp psych n roll is always a welcome addition to the menu. Craig Lithgow- solo guy with a nifty, jaunty acoustic guitar style and a vocal all his own, keeps his Scots accent very much in the frame of the song which works a treat, and the songs are neat, with arresting lyrics…all really well done. Edgy, thoughtful, groovy as fuck on the guitar, quite a talent…could be a solo Scottish Alex Turner but so much more too. I guess you could mention John Martyn- not that he sounds anything like him but he does a similarly remarkable cover of Johnny 2 Bad. Miracle Glass Company- classy classic rock outta Edinburgh referencing all sorts from Fleetwood Mac to Cream to Spirit to The Who to CSN…Harmonies to die for, a big bright sound, lotsa tension and energy in the playing, particularly inventive guitar parts, they mean it man, poptastic too. Great. Their excellent debut album has just been recorded and produced by Owen Morris.
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-popon Fukushima Dolphin- A many tentacled psychedelic pop beast hailing from Brighton, it’s like a soft focus Mercury Rev via a folky Dandy Warhols (maybe) laid back pretty tunes with some well placed swirly organ, nice..The Turn-post-punk infused indie rock a-la Magazine with an occasional blast of something a bit rawer Clash maybe.The Brookes-big bashy drums and post Zeppy riffage…early Verve, Spacemen 3 even..melodic wasted rocknroll vocal refrains and chunky, highly accomplished playing all round…low slung garagey narco rock with a bit of heaviosity. kinda reminds me of SF Sorrow era Pretty Things with heavy guitars.Whelligan-Acclaimed Singer songer with a nice pastoral psychedelic pop feel…Julian Cope and Syd Barrett but Tim Finn and Ian McNabb too- a lot of George Harrison in there esp the voice… but lots of great ideas, eccentric passages with strings and woodwind…fab stuff actually, really very interesting.
Hollow Illusion- Stonking power metal from Norway with an inpressively ballsy sound, sounds a bit like early 80’s bands like Accept via something more contemporary Metallica I’d say Bad Mother Earth-Nods to 80’s pop metal and 70’s blues rock in equal measure, fast n furios but with more soulful reflective moments when they roll out the odd “ligters aloft” rawk ballad, Guns of Anarchy-Blistering old school hard rock played with plenty of conviction reminds of U.F.O also more recent dudes like Airbourne and Dogstate, bit of a guns n roses thing going on too, great stuff Puppet Kings-Low slung grunge rock with a nod to yer poppier 80’s brit metal via Foo Fighters, rocks admirably and has the requisite hooks and melodys to hold the attention, OneUnder- Soulful hard rock with hints of grunge pretty dynamic, sounds a bit like clutch via Pearl Jam
Caspian’s Island-A compelling if eclectic combo there’s a psychedelic indie number which recalls pre-madchester Happy mondays. Then a heavy space rock tune sounding a bit like Spacemen 3 re-imagined by The Edgar Broughton Band, then we get avante-Jazz Funk, next ones post rock a lot going on but they’ve decent tunes to hold the attention Daniel Eagle- Witty little zippy songs decrying Jamie Oliver and what not….very young, plays well…jazzy chords and a bit of a Jamie T vibe but a little more musical and classy. Sam Jones Band-Impassioned, hooky pop grunge with a probable Foo Fighters influence without sounding too much like the
Indigo-A surprisingly mature and accomplished sound for a band so young and a pretty unique too. It’s a bit like the more reflective side of Squeeze through an Americana Lens or Later post Attractions Elvis Costello..Dear Life,-Melancholic, trippy indie pop an updated version of shoegaze, lot’s of strings and the odd sample make up a widescreen lush and atmospheric sound Leika-Upbeat, catchy new wave pop, with a sort of post glam late 70’s feel Mink Deville via Squeeze. But with a nod to more contemporary stuff also, Kooks Libertines Fratellis maybe Inside Sky-Highly accomplished mid 70’s rock with some intricate west coast harmonizing which recalls Crosby Stills & Nash, though musically this is more Fleetwood Mac. Really well executed and they’ve tunes
Bozo-Blues rock that dips a toe in jazz tinged psychedelic pop, quite a compelling and unique sound, really dynamic stuff with an inpassioned and at times slightly unhinged lead vox, fine performaces all round Áine Cahill- Female singer from Dublin, in the mold of Adele, Winehouse and Lana Del ray, but with a stand out voice and a bit of a unique twist on things recalling Jazz singers from the 40’s. Unframed- Dramatic noirish rocknroll and some Foydy nep pysch touches with the harmonies and such…great stuff
Screaming Dead-80’s punk rock legends return ! uk tour ! hit singles the huge ‘ Paint it Black., Valley of the Dead, 20th Century Vampire, Night Creatures,etc Even a club in LOS ANGELES named after their hit Night Creatures.Borrowed Time Usa tour soon. and singles and ep to come .
this is the original line up from 1979…catch the tour before it sells out. and watch for links to the singles soon Borrowed Time-No-nonsence frippery-free punk with a nod to 2nd wavers like G.B.H great tunes played with plenty of conviction and aplomb The Featherz-Three piece all girl outfit playing sort of space glam with a hint of punk in the rubbery bass lines and the full on choruses and general spunky fizz. Fab