Marlon Brando’s Island- Fine throbbing 3 piece doing chunking crisp intense stuff with a Let’s Wrestle meets Shellac noisecore irreverence throughout. Fierce and engaging. Kape Kanaveral-Edgy Post punk with nicely raw jagged guitar and a garage punk feel to the drums n bass, rocking an interesting vocal which has a David Byrne vibe without really sounding too much like him, simplistic but effective hooks, good kit. Hare And Hoofe- conceptual pranksterism (whacky narratives, bloopy scifi samples, parping Devo keyboard refrains) make out with Who like rocknroll dynamics and some nicely loose limbed playing thru a vocal akin to that man out of Blancmange meets something rather DIY post punk 1981ish…moves around a lot this, very entertaining…have some tunes too…really do sound like a post punked out Who what with the lead guitar freakin bits, Moon-ish clatter and symphonic tendencies.
Class of 76 are a punk/ new wave super group, unique in the fact that all four members have enjoyed huge success in Eddie and the Hotrods, Johnny Thunders, The Members and Wilko Johnson band. Between them they have sold millions of records . Barrie Masters ex Hot Rods and other punk era luminaries,what’s not to love? Middle age depression? Never!
Headline Maniac is the brand new side project from current Eddie and the Hotrods members Simon, Dipster and Chris. Their debut album has been receiving outstanding reviews and huge amounts of airplay in both UK and USA. Fat Prezident- up and at em sensational, severe and savage Croatian hardcore poooonkers…admirable stuff full of U.S ’80s punk vim and ’70s ramalama rocknroll.
Chambers- Female grunge/sludge rock punk duo with certain Nirvana nuances, especially the vocal, despite being a female..see also Royal Blood.. they certainly have the hooks, hence the label interest..dangerous, dazzling, dirty, dynamic garage-grunge Breaking Waves- 2 piece with a hard, gnarly sound- bass/drums/vocals- some Nirvana in there and of course Royal Blood will come up as a comparison but the vocal is less rawk based, more of a post grunge dynamic, a bit of Muse mabye… the vocal is exciting, the sound is raw but inviting, a winner. ‘Bass and drum music’ Dirty Orange-fired up post grunge indie, Nirvana via Artic monkeys, played at a fair old clip with loads of conviction, but with the tunes to back it up Psychopathic Romantics-The folky, acoustic, slow punk band performs their original Bread and Circuses album. You are in for a treat as the guitar players put down their guitars and plug in the bouzouki, mandolin and indian harmonium, layered by warm deep vocals. Occasionally distorting the mandolin and bouzouki just to make a point. They will bring you on a mental ride as they get into their psychedelic groove. Tokyo Rock Machine- Monster-Riff driven alt rock has the groove rock undertow of yer Queens Of The Stoneage but with a nod to classic metal
Laura Zocca-Laura is an acoustic singer-songwriter playing covers and originals in her unique blend of country pop that has proven incredibly successful on social media. With upwards of 7 million YouTube views and 10 million Soundcloud plays Christopher Matthewson- Americana and blues infused folk rock, musically a bit like The Band, quite a unique voice elements of Tim Buckley and at times Neil Young but with loadsa soul, nice Ben Roberts-Impressively voiced acoustic troubadour and his guitar playing is pretty neat too, in the vein of Ed Sheeran without really sounding like him. Hooky up-beat tunes. Fear Me December- melodic power trio from Argentina with Smashimg Pumpkins via Muse elements plus a bit of slacker slouchy rocknroll a la Dinosaur Jr- really well executed. Bit of Mars Volta, Biffy…v good.
The Vigilantes-Impassioned overdriven classic rocknroll from a trio of lads – bits of The Who and other 60s-70s stuff. Memorable tunes delivered with aplomb Reactance-Female fronted post hardcore rock, with an impressively full sound, strong tunes and she can really sing too, in Funeral For A Friends ball park but streeets ahead of most bands in this genre Ecologist- Interesting bleepcore and industrial noise meets dnb riddims- an oddball artpunk vocal on top- a bit like a collision between Cabaret Voltaire, Zion Train and Jowe Head… political, confrontational, darkly humorous. Shades Of Plato-Prog-folk infused goth tinged pop, with flute up-front, but not in a Jethro Tull sense an artfull and compelling sound, decent tunes too
The Cold Heart Revue-Nouveau blue eyed blues with heft and heart…nice harmonica son, and an impassioned vocal… ‘(You’re A) Picture on a Wall’ reached Number #1 on the UK iTunes Singles Chart. He has been ‘Time Out Critic’s Choice’ for Young Rock Music in London. He has been on BBC’s ‘The One Show‘ in the UK and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS Television in the US and has been featured as a new artist at ‘BBC Music’s: Record Store Day’. ‘Right now The Cold Heart Revue is everybody’s favourite hot tip’ – TIME OUT: LONDON. Landspeeder-Gritty indie rock from a bunch of old faces from the 1990s Britpop scene, ex-members of Reuben, Mandelbrot Set and F.O.N.D, have worked with Suede, Echo & the Bunnymen, Kingmaker, Cast and loads more in the intervening years… The Sound Of Sight-One guy playing pastoral psychedelic pop of a muchly English swingin’ London flava but a bit of scally indie in there too…decent tunes, good ideas with samples, found sounds etc. Grim Ropers- Country Teasers type raw ass Punktry and Western…. Blunt 3 chord tricks played with mucho twang and Johnny Cash sensibilities. Some Cramps, something for Fall fans natch but the vocal when it does appear is kinda Lux Interior meets Dan Treacy half arsed couldn’t give a fook type delivery…all very good fun of course.
The Quickly Band-Glacial but dynamic and yielding Joy Div cum Sisters noir rock with trippy sounds and the required baritone vocal. Neo Goff grooviness Sons-A duo from Brighton playing heavy psych blues punk – big post Stooges riffs…remind me of The Heads, get a tad metally but mostly it’s overdriven tood ridden punk n roll with space rock touches. Got some fat riffology going and powerfully syncopated drums plus snarled we-mean-it-man punk n roll vocal Birdy Hop-3 piece doing psychedelic blues infused rock with overdriven distorted guitars, there’s some lovely harmonies and bursts of melody, sounds a bit like The Band at times Mellotronanism-Prog infused indie rock, but more of an X.T.C slant on things than the likes of Yes or E.L.P more yer 80’s period King Crimson, a stripped down and in no way self indulgent take on the genre Patokai- Argentinian electronica happening- like later period Cabaret Voltaire channelled thru your more commercially viable modern dance artistes..Tiga for example and a bit of old Underworld type big fish little fish box enabling riddims… nicely deviant club music, but poppy too
Climb The Attic-Dynamic rocknroll with a high melody quotient shades of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro but also trace elements of Classic rock a-la Thin Lizzy and blusier more recent coves White Denim, fine work Any Dirty Party- Italians on a Black Keys tip with a bit of White Stripes too sure nuff… yes a duo, 2 groovy guys outta Roma..perky, gritty pop n roll tunes with bluesy, rock and grunge touches. Owlhead- Female fronted blues rock, with a underlying funk element and some deft lead guitar possible nod to Big BrotherAnd The Holding Company. The Marks Cartel- Epic intentions with this alt rock broody rocking thing…one foot in the Alt- rock via grunge camp of a Sound Garden another in the indie-r territories of The Verve, Oasis-esque melodies via Led Zep-like heaviosity, great stuff
Ska Face-10 piece Ska band from the original ghost town Blackpool, covering all yer 2 tone faves, Madness, Specials The Beat etc with much verve and aplomb, as well as banging out their own snappy originals. Mix up the ska with other genres said the punters so we’re here to please… Alan Merrill & The Arrows- charming 70’s tinged rock with pop chops…Cheap Trick spring to mind. Got the tunes and the heritage so no wonder they play em so damn well. Commercial rock pop for fans of Kiss, Boston and of course Joan Jett, but then Mr Merrill did write I Love RocknRoll and have the original hit with it way back when. The Mayors-syncopated percussive barrage via moody keys and a baritone vocal part Ian Curtis part Stuart Staples….very art driven and spacy. Think Talk Talk but also Japan and Ultravox! and there’s more than a hint of Roxy (the BrianFerry warble is in the singing too)-Highly accomplished and intriguing stuff.
Tiger Lilly- raw soul informed groovy rock 3 piece with an impassioned delivery somewhere between Hendrix and Anthony Hegarty.Miller Blue- Snappy and nicely produced blue eyed soul, with elements of Electronica, R N B and hip hop. The Volts- Liverpool band with an alt rock sound that embraces behemoth grunge and bristling Brit Rock. Much energy and guts. Kingdom Of Reptiles- dynamic vehicle for melody fixated grunging and lunging with props to Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.
Earthist-Italian Alt rock that dips a toe in prog (without sounding like Muse) shades of folk and psychedelia too, has the emotive charge of Keane or Snow Patrol without sounding much like either, decent hooks and an impressive stadium filling sound, from Italy. Discount Columbo-a compelling blend of out and out folkiness, pure pop and edgy indie…a nice twist to the melodic guitar parts…you’re sort of in a Jethro Tull via Beefheart thing with that…the lyrics are kinda edgy, it’s got something… ideas a plenty for a start. Stars And Rabbit-Indonisian avante folk neo-classical combo (sorta) with a beguiling female vocalist somewhere between Bjork and Kate Bush. Musically pretty intense songs build and peak in an almost Post-rock manner. Really engaging.
Brinsley Forde MBE- From 1970s children’s TV classic The Double Deckers thru Please Sir and even an appearance in a Bond movie, Brinsley Forde certainly had a very promising acting career ahead of him, but the impact the late inestimably great Bob Marley switched him bigtime onto both Rastafari and roots reggae, hence the superb British reggae band Aswad were born. Probably THE single best live act in the whole damn world in the early to mid Eighties Aswad went on to temper their tuff ghetto encounters with pleasing pop reggae hits….Brinsley also got to revive his acting in highly praised South London sound system exploration Babylon.…recently awarded the MBE Brinsley is back and in full fine effect backed -and supported in their own right- most adroitly by….The King Solomon Band- Reggae Roots of Regal realization outta Gloucestershire…and ok The Cotswolds may not be The Front Line but these fabulous skanks and steppers supremos really know how to Praise Jah and bubble and burn righteously. Top drawer roots rock reggae for fans of Gregory Isaacs, On U Sound and of course Aswad. DJs We Got Killers will keep the murderation massive with only the biggest tunes on the decks for thee to flex.
The Barmines- A “Bar Mine” is an anti tank landmine, in other words, an explosive and that’s just what The Barmines are. “If you are going to do indie rock, you should know your craft and The Barmines do” – Vibrations Magazine Leeds “A chaotic finale brings an end to an incredibly strong and impressive set, with everybody in the room in applause. Tonight has been a very prosperous and promising show for The Barmines, there’s no evidence that suggests any reasoning as to why these boys can’t be the next big thing”….. GigSlutz
The Nightingales- The legendary post punk Country n Midlands combo fronted by Robert Lloyd, like contemporaries in all things cerebral and agitated and post punk The Fall and Pere Ubu, only move forward, don’t look back….new material always stretches the envelope as well as pushing the little fooker, hence last year’s superb long player ‘Mind Over Matter’ released via John Robb’s Louder Than War (clearly a marriage made somewhere North of the ozone layer), the latest in a quick succession of blinding albums since The ‘Gales reformed 10 years back or so….no throwback retro wallowing here….from the scratchy iconaclastic schtick of their Pigs On Purpose era thru Rockin’ With Rita (Ted Chippington may well be in the house ce soir) to their Noughties twisty nouveau rocknroll there is so much to enjoy with Lloyds Of Birmingham… and the 2015 model excels all that. The Nightingales in The Dublin Castle? Thoroughly in the ‘Not to be missed’ dpt- especially as we lost em late doors once due to a freak amplifier/finger slicing episode…then some Clash cum George Formby inspired types called The Libertines came along and swiped the date last year…so third time lucky then?We are certainly casting the runes against fook ups this time round…cos John Peel would be cock a hoop with this pairing, your main support being none other than Flaming Stars, another huge Peel fave of course. Their slinky garage punk tweaked louche rocknroll 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….MX Tyrants- With a lineage including Sidi Bou Said and Night Nurse there’s a solid Peelite heritage with MX Tyrants…these four massively talented women may also be seen in Joanne Joanne, Ye Nuns and Knifeworld of late…chops, chops, chops….producing swoonsome pop noir with echoes of their Joanne/Duran away days and all rather effortlessly dreamy too with space age guitar flurries…not afraid to take on a forthrightly commercial and lovingly lilting electroid Latin skank as heard on ace debut single ‘Mutual Lucid’. Superb…..Plus Taped Off Peel faves all night long, music direct from soiled C90 and C90 sourced in the teenage hinterland, finger hovering over the pause button between 10pm and midnight back there in another land….Thank you John Peel.
Hunderground- Legends of central European rock, these Hungarian dudes have a selection of choice covers, plus their own Hungarian rock songs, all of which is excellently performed, impassioned stuff, utterly rousing and party central whether you be Hun or otherwise…..Stones/Zep/Zappa/Hendrix…..
Terry and Gerry – Brum’s very own kings of skifflecore pop punk rocknroll indie return, always a pleasure to host Terry and Gerry, the fastest, fieriest, most loved up and lovable Buddy Holly, Lonnie Donnegan luvin’ stand up bass, washboard and harmony combo you’ll ever encounter… so many sensationally singalongable songs to enjoy. Tom Sail – the ex Jolanga man embraces foundation musics of all stripes to create his wonderfullyE jaunty folk n roll. Ennor- Indie folk, bringing the gap between classic songwriters like Cat Stevens and more recently Ben Howard and the emotive Indie pop of bands like The Maccabees. Steve Young- as heard of late on Bob Harris’s esteemed BBC Radio 2 amongst other places, this superb young talent takes a misty eyed folk and bluegrass approach to song craft from school of James Taylor and Cat Stevens.DAYTIME EVENT- Bigsie’s Punk Rock Charity Record Auction
HALLOWEEN HORROR PUNK ALL DAYER- with Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons- The finest feline punk rock garage rocknroll anywhere on the planet, with Dirty Jake’s overdriven furious guitar,the vocal prowess and super sassy stage craft and added twang and kerrang of Puss upfront and the solidest backbeat imaginable from the Ant Monster at the drums. Why this band aren’t megabig confounds all great rocknroll thinkers from here to Memphis…in case yu didn’t know yet, for fans of The Cramps/Pistols/Stooges/Black Flag etc… Atomic Suplex- London centric approach to all thing weird, wild and wonderfully Guitar Wolf like…fenzied garage, supercharged rocknroll, guitars check, tood check, helmet…check. Blistering is right. Jonny Halifax And The Howling Truth- The Howling Truth- psych fuzz rocknroll with beautifully bent guitar parts and a Jon Spencer meets Bob Log wonky weirded out wonder at all times with a fantastic Spacemen 3/Suicide on Stooges super vitamins vibe on board…one one man band turned two man band- now with a third in the shape of a jazz honed drummist-that fills the auditorium with beatific bastard blues, yowsah. “Slitherin’ electro-programmed slide guitar driven mung worship sounds like the Bayou by way of Vladivostock.” Sez Julian Cope in Head Heritage no less. Ace. London Dirthole Company- Need no introduction by now surely- all star, super far out ultra tub thumping garage cum Fallist cum punk primal outfit with the percussion set to fuck yeah. Always top entertainment. White Ape- Raw and roustabout post punk quirkiness meets garage nouveau kickass with penty of wry lyrical content to keep ya bubbling…Tom Robinson at BBC 6Music is all over em right now, if he can find a track sans sweariness to hit up the sensitive listeners with…..aces…new EP with lead track ‘Courtney Love Will Tear Us Apart’ ripe for your grateful ears NOW…Emily C Smith- The amazing Ms Smith also has ace new product out for your delectation…the very wonderful pop easy but uneasily experimental at the same time (brilliant trick) … PJ Harvey meets Elastica via something country and tumbleweed strewn and timelessly folk and Celtic somehow…. Daughters Of God- #Your dad’s worst nightmare….’90% of our songs are about sex’… 2 girls and a bloke at the drums make a punky, at times post punky but always lascivious and righteously raucous pop racket. Ye Shall Know Them…. Jay Vee And The Cardinal Sins- Cranked up punked up rnb of frantic hue..Feelgoods, Godfathers, Milkshakes….spirited n spunky with rippin guitar soloing and plenty of punky guts. STOP PRESS SUPERCOOL ALL GIRL JAPANESE BAND LATE ADDITION!- The LadyBugs- Shonen Knife might be a touchstone but Ladybugs are punkier, more 1977 punk perhaps than garage punk and certainly not as indie schmindie as the aforementioned , plenty of guts in the delivery and attitude alongside the grinned up positivity we’ve come to expect from rocknroll outta Nihon. Singing drummer ahoy! Arrive EARLY……
Lord Numb- Back to their spiritual home (yes, others have claimed the DC as their spiritual home, from Madness to The Libertines, but The Numbsters have the actual Jesus in their line up so spiritually speaking…), always a joy to have Lord Numb rocking the bollocks off our top drawer sound system. With a big kick ass sound that takes in Bowie, Iggy, Kraftwerk and Wire but always gives your inner headbanger solace…RocknRoll may be dead, but Lord Numb are very much rolling away the stone. Biblical reference, yep, that good. Get their vinyl 45 of that name, on it’s second pressing y’know… Upbeat Sneakers- breezy ska based riddim pop with an indie sensibility- bringing ska back into the mainstream with the release of the double A side single “Current Affairs c/w Her We Go Again”. Coming from the sometimes maligned Welsh Valleys town of Merthyr Tydfil, deserving of your time and support. Candi’s Dog- Melodic heartfelt folky acoustic based popwith a lovelorn but wry realization.
Scout Killers- Groove based heavy rockings with emotive vocals a la Soundgarden/Pearl Jam… Blitzkrieg City- post emo melodic rock pop with punk undercurrent- influenced for sure by the U.S bands of punk popness from Bowling For Soup to Green Day and there is a bit of Ramones in there too. Daily Thompson- German punker stoner grunger happening with neato requisite low slung riffs and a bit of Fu Manchu amidst the Nirvana and Melvins touches, damn good.
JD Kelleher- Outta Eire a dynamic new wave influenced singer songwriter with full crack band whose debut single, a fab cover of Joy Division‘s classic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ topped the Irish charts. With twangy guitar Chris Izaak/Duane Eddy guitars and some country tinges, JD, former star of Irish soap Ros na Rún, is now also doing wonderful things to songs by the Ramones alongside his own excellent compositions. The Brazen- in thrall to the epic end of The Verve and The Music and all that nicely narco enabling Northern monkey widesceen stuff….there’s some genuine quality to the performance, big emoting vocals, strings tweaking those emotions, considered playing and ace arrangements. Elbow meets Oasis at their more serious with a choirester quality to the vocal up front. Good work. Neon Dolls- big beefy take on post Arctic Monkeys scally rock. Lotsa grit and muscular playing. Brightlight City- A showcase of cathartic energy, controlled chaos and ethereal landscapes. A hat tip to bands such as : Idlewild, We Are Scientists, Million Dead, Mogwai, Weezer, Foals, Yourcodenameis:Milo, and At the Drive-In. Also Big Country, though with the bagpipe guitars replaced by a Futureheads-ish twang- singer does sound like Stuart Adamson though- all pop veined boisterous angst.. Great tunes with unexpected hooks.
RubbishOasisTribute- Thus named after them Gallagher bruvs infamous responses to dickhead journos back in the day please don’t let the nomenclature put you off. As you’ll already know if you’re one of the throng who have attended our previous Oasis concept nights with these Italian Brit Rock enthusiasts at the helm, they do Oasis to absolute perfection. Noel G himself has been known to salute their ability..perhaps he’ll show up tonight to finish that Jack and Coke he left untouched in 1996….. Tim Poland- back again, and we’re very pleased to welcome them, Dublin Castle stalwarts of just a few years ago, the intense, wigging out, wiry rocknroll of TP is a delight and a foot moving enablement certainty too.
Unknown Pleasures- Longest standing Joy Division tribute act on the block, these boys have been saluting the glacial majesty of Curtis, Morris, Hook and Albrecht (sic) for 20 years and are better than ever. Have been known to throw in a real cool curveball occasionally too, Magazine fans ahoy…enjoy…. Stella Grundy Band- Finely tuned Manchester friendly vibes in the goddamn house! Former Intastella (baggy psych pop classic Dream Some Paradise is a much under rated classic of Madchester) vocalist now with her superb all star new band and collaborations with Jah Wobble, Andy Rourke, Neville Staple and King Schasha on the bubble . Dark deviant electronica with edgy post punk and artful cabaret touches, as enjoyed on her recent ‘Rise And Fall Of A Northern Star’ long player. ‘So unique and full of soul, heart and emotion; a song cycle based ON the excesses of meeting other people’s expectations before falling apart and finally, thankfully, just walking away’ –Louder Than War. Pretty damn cool. Black Doldrums- Talking of pretty damn cool this is a pretty dammn cool way to open a pretty damn cool show…the excellent guitar and drums duo Black Doldrums don’t so much wipe the floor with The White Stripes as keep them locked in the broom cupboard with the bleach. The gal at the drums, P Violence, is an absolute paragon of minimal uber tight uber on it rock drumming. She could play for anyone, from AC/DC to Bowie in Heaven but thankfully she’s here tonight with the excellent guitar and vocal assault of J Moriarty. Dynamic Garage Rock combo via Neo-Psychedelic, Drony Rock ‘N’ Roll, Grunge undertones and Shoegaze waves…..will be huuuuge.
Everywhere- Lighters-aloft sooper dooper stadium indie from Stockholm, a distillation of Coldplay, Keane and Springsteen at his most chestbeating and bombastic, stirring stuff indeed. And very well turned out, singer is ex model, so yeah could strike paydirt baby as Benny said Bjorn. Monyo Project-Redolent of Garbage maybe, though with a grimier, grindier, slack rock context- brassy, sassy female fronted pop rock. Noisemate- Emo tinged indie rocknroll on a 30 Seconds To Mars kinda mission…
Hagar The Womb- Yelping buzzsaw pop punkers with the DIY Anarcho ethics to the fore and lotsa alluring angst outta the multi woman singing frontline…give the Ramones a run for the ramalama money…’Razor-fuzzy, female-fronted punk band: Part of the U.K. Anarcho-Punk scene from 1981-1987. Reformed in 2011.’ And still featuring superstar DJ Chris Liberator at the drums ya know… Anthrax UK- Original anarcho punkers not to be confused with some hairy American blokes…fast and furious is about right, Crass meets GBH, a pretty dynamic punk rock place to be. Anarchistwood- Taking conceptual punk pranksterism cabaret to new highs, new lows, the renounced Maciej Zurows (Melodie&Rhythmus) put it thus… “as if the (hyped) 1977 music industry event known as ‘punk’ hadn’t taken place”, imagining instead an “alternative history where the anarchic proto punk from Cleveland and Detroit seamlessly led into No Wave, Post Punk and Industrial and is still happily evolving”. They also happen to kick much punk rock ass..superb proper proper entertainment. Flowers In The Dustbin- Reformed anarcho punk collective, now a record label as well as a band and multi media happening cum to that… proto goth/folk with a sweet psych punk undertow… Hysteria Ward- 80s punk band reformed..melodic pop punk with some choice covers (Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain frinstance) all done with a low slung Heartbreakers meets Blondie feel only punked all the way. The Fleas- Brightonian punk rock three piece furthering the girl/boy spirit of the movement, played fast and loose with tood mungous vocals. DJs We Got Killers
Doors from 5pm
£10 on the door £8 in advance
Sat 10 Dec
Reggae Riot IV
+ King Hammond And The Rudeboy Mafia + Roddy Radiation (The Specials) + Millie Manders + The Skapones
‘Reggae Riot 4′ will hit Camden on 10/12/2016 when King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia, Roddy Radiation, Millie Manders & The Skapones come to London Town to blow The Dublin Castle apart with a cocktail of Skinhead Reggae, Ska, Bluebeat & Punk Rock.