The Charge- blues rock played at a fair old clip which puts me in mind of one of yer melodic hard rock bands from the late 1970’s like April Wine maybe, something of an Almans Bros influence too. Florence Black- Not a female folk artist but a full-bore grunge lunge. Insicive riffage and taut and muscular rhythm section and an impassioned lead vocal, nods to Nirvana in places but they’ve classic metal chops too and strong tunes. Bird Brain Mafia- thrashing but muscularly musical two piece heavy rocking wigout…old school bluesiness underpins fierce playing.
The Phantom Sound-Energetic and dynamic female fronted indie rock, with a new wave influence though you can also hear Bowie and 80’s chart stuff like Duran Duran, strong tunes and decent performances all round. Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate-An eclectic mash up of late 60’s psych , prog and art-rock, reminds of Family one minute and Jethro Tull the next (it’s the flute) moments of mid 70’s Floyd too and the Guitar player is very Santana-esque in places but plays classic Metal licks in others in danger of been to cluttered at times but manages to pull through by virtue of decent tunes and great playing JD Kelleher- Troubadour with band and a Bryan Ferry like lilt to his voice, though the music is on a Chris Izaak tip His debut single, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ topped the Irish charts. What that one? Yes that one…twangy guitar takes the melody and he delivers it like a a country ballad, works brilliantly. Robbie Ransom-Singer songwriter clearly influenced by Americana and the likes of Neil Young,, has a pretty big fully realized sound and the tunes to back it up.
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, The Smokin’ Prophets- glam cum schlock punk rock. Leather n hair pimped good to go…a blistering delivery and loads of wilfully dumb cartoon swagger, like a metallised Ramones. Mongrel Dogs- Frippery free classic hard rock with a Brit accent and a high melody quotient and nods to Lizzy, Motorhead and The Almighty. Breaking Illusion- alterno rawk squall with enough tood dood..Sabbath meets The Stooges.
Sex Swing- A newly-birthed project, comprising members of Part Chimp and Dethscalator. So… expect an Unsane/Membranse type noisecore happening of much beauty. Gunner Who-An engaging skuzzed up indie punk outfit with a certain rough-hewn charm. Sounds like indie from the late 80′s, Thrillec via d.i.y punk. Miracle Glass Company-Spunkflakes- the charmingly monikered Spunkflakes embrace punk rock and seering rocknroll. Let it snow! 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.
Cambio Sun- Born out of the childhood friendship between composer Charlie Tait and percussionist John Cleworth, Cambio Sun is one of Australia-via-London’s most revered exciting young duos, set to release their debut album Animal Sense this year. Drawing comparisons to Shlohmo, Ben Khan, Bon Iver and Four Tet, with stunning track ‘Mas As they Come’ picking up over 410k Soundcloud streams. Moving away from home producer in Sydney to refining the live sound in London, Animal Sense is the culmination of six months work collaborating with Cleworth. With the sensibilities from Tait’s first solo EP allowed to mature, you can see what time, and percussive skill has brought to Cambio Sun with a deep texture and post-rock influence. Young Jude- scratchy guitars fall away as a fey yet sonorous male vocal rides the riddim and some agreeably e raw six string work- a blend of Arctic Monkeys, Foals and something more mainstream…they can rock out well for sure.
Reckless Jacks- breathy vocal over a minor key alt rock riffage, you’re in territory to the right of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the left of Sound Garden. Melodic , noirish rawk with post punk touches. Nicola Hardman- lternative rock band fronted by Nicola H, a star in the making. Last Known State- stonking alt rawk with a bluesy pop appeal and elements of RHCP, Zep and Sabs..
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.The Harlots- Rocking it with the John Lennon reverb on the vox, and yeah there’s elements of Oasis and The Beatles via something heavier and pulsingly psychedelic. Jarid Clark- Not unlike early Ben Watt vocally and with great use of string sounds and other ambient colour…Angellicaly voiced songs of downbeat melancholy and reverie, but uplifting in their realization, you gotta dig it. Made From Colour- Upbeat and uber-catchy alt-pop there’s some clever vocal interplay, imaginative drumming and fluid piano in here, all holds the attention and it’s a sound all their own, shades of late 70’s new wave via the more interesting end of contemporary alt rock, like Panic At The Disco
Starsha Lee- After heading up a plethora of raunchy, femme fronted uber grunge punk big hitters from Daisy Chainsaw thru Queen Adrena to Dogbones, Crispin Gray‘s new band is indeed a female fronted punky loud proud narcorock affair, plenty of heady rocknroll groove in here to enjoy. Dave’s Door Of Perception- taking the bare acid bleached bones of garage psych classics and remodelling them as crafty originals…there’s some genuinely groovy fare in here…lots of echo, trashy farfisa type keys, fuzz wah lead guitar and trippy breathy vox…think The Fuzztones via Strawberry Alarm Clock n all that other Nugget mother jazz. Great. 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 vox. Neat.
Junkyard choir-Stomping fuzzed up garage blues duo with a subtle post punk element that sets them apart from mere Black Keys copyists. Indeed there’s some classic indeed classy nods back to the likes of Credence, Ry Cooder and Beefheart. Impassioned playing and strong tunes. Leaksy-Clanging riff-driven bluesy rock with a metallic sheen, possible nod to The Cult. Five Miles North of Nowhere-Aggressive hardcore punk, pretty convincing, monster riffage, tight as a gnats proverbial rhythm section and a suitably annoyed vocalist, for fans of Gallows, Slaves and The Used.
Uberkill-Blues rock/metal with some pretty tasty lead and a vocal reminiscent of Robert Plant in places, or sounds a bit like April Wine via Nazareth and plenty of latter era Zep. Rusty G’s- Bluesy rock with Zep, Purple, Free elements agogo. Torous-old school hard rock with prog metal touches but harking back to the likes of Horslips, Wishbone Ash and Rush….melodic, easy on the ear but at the same time played with plenty of conviction… Signs Of Fire- Metal with one foot in early 80’s and t’other in more recent a,t-metal via Grunge, fast Sabbathy riffage and a groove rock undertow reminiscent of Alice In Chains etc, great stuff. Jones And Jolt- Danny Bass Jones and Andrew Jolt take time off from their regular hard rocking routines to put together this funtime pop rock covers 3 piece. Think Muse, PJ Harvey, Foo Fighters and so forth. Commercial rocking hedonism ahoy.
Eden And The Aftermath- ex Faithful Child groovy happening, cello, guitar and drums spliced together perfectly…ballad oriented songs of exploratory existentialism. Warm Winters- Beautifully melodic indie pop, with plenty in the way of hooks and some nice Boy/Girl vocal interplay, reminds of Belle & Sebastian in places. Adam & Elvis- cheeky indie with laconic vocal and jaunty cod folky riffology…tunes wise more Art Brut meets The Smiths with some nice scratchy but incisive guitar …it’s indie but not schmindie…..Sudede meets early James kinda…Lou Terry- Elfin powerhouse of nylon string guitar and soaring vocalese from the excellent Ordinairy Noise- who create edgy indie with a folk twist and impassioned and frenzied artpop…well this is their frontman solo so expect the same sans the riddims…engaging stuff.
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Sat 27 Feb
Reggae Riot#2 Punky Reggae Party
+ King Hammond and The Rudeboy Mafia + Roddy Radiation + Dubvocalizamusic + Nakisha Esnard + DJ Don Letts + DJs We Got Killers
Reggae Riot#2 Punky Reggae Party Special One starring King Hammond and the Rudeboy Mafia- The King Him Back! AKA Nick Welsh, grammy winning songwriter, bass player, all round rudeboy reggae and ska ace face music cum mischief maker…. check the guy’s track record…The Selecter, Bad Manners, Lee Perry, Prince Buster, Susan Cadogan, Laurel Aitken etc etc etc all on his impressive skanking CV…with the excellent roots tinged LP The Outsider And Other Friends Of Mine recently released it’s all bless with The King…….Roddy Radiation the rockabilly rebel guitar slinger from The Specials needs no introduction…Concrete Jungle, Rat Race, Hey Little Rich Girl…penned many a Special AKA classic did Rod Byers, and when he steps up on the Dublin Castle’s iconic mojotastic stage there’ll be sonic sparks flying in conjunction with the Rudeboy Mafia and The King..Dubvocalizamusic- Groovy Summer toned fare built on roots rock reggae and dub foundations but there’s elements of rock, especially the Dave Gilmour guitar and a nod to Massive Attack, all quite trippy, indeed groovy like we said. Original gritty lyrical dub-fusion soulful spongie reggae drawing inspiration from Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Marley natch.. DJ Don Letts- The Don will be filming tonight’s show and stepping up to the dub plate to give us the benefit of his 40 years of spinning reggae in London Town…yes I! We Got Killers- DC house DJs spread the good vibes til 2am
Freddie-Female fronted power pop reminiscent of Blondie, Transvision Vamp and Avril Lavigne but with a modern Vaccinne-esque twist.Seven Red Lions-Alt rock with proggy overtones but quite snappy and upbeat all the same, there’s a bit of a psychedelic space rock feel at times which works well,The Havocs-Edgy but hooky beat boom indie rock from Liverpool has a Libertines vibe at times, pretty dynamic good use of light n shade and some decent Lenno/Macca style harmonizin’ The Elston Guns-Frantic r n b/rockabilly infused garage punk, raw n ragged (as it should be) with a possible nod to Billy Childish
Lord Numb- Return of the wonderful Lord Numb, one of our favourite acts , here again tonight to launch their new single INSECTS, the B side of which is a cover of The Rubinoos’ ‘ROCK’N’ROLL IS DEAD’ – which The Lord and his riddim buddies say it officially is now.Fans of the already desperately missed Bowie and associated Iggy, Krautrock and post punk type shenanigans will find much to enjoy here, all played by this belting three piece with fabulous rocknroll punch. Techy but full of kerrang, angular but grooved up to the max…and fantastic songs. Glass Host- cyclical riffs with delay FX, clattering drums, a sort of ’90s Floyd meets The Police vibe musically via a top female vocal in the Fleetwood Mac/Haim area. Aren’t afraid to go out on a musical limb at times too… A little bit of early ’80s King Crimson perhaps? Beautiful Big Fat Mess- Emotive indie rock trio, retooling pieces of Coldplay but the playing is a lot ballsier and rock orientated, a bit like Athlete or Kubb, and they rock strong tunes well executed. Vivid Vague- Female fronted indie-noir with sinewey guitar lines over hypnotic pulsing rhythms, intense yes, but they’ve some nice melodies bubbling away too. Remind of Duke Spirit or possibly The XX in places. Grand.
Eryx London-Moody Female fronted electro psych rock nods to the Kills and the edgier side of P.j harvey also Nobleses Oblige, dark broody and intense, but with memorable hooks 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 much you forget you’re listening to it until you realize what a good time you’re having.Ocean Delay- Heavy psych-grunge/narco rock, with a ferocious groove and a sub space rock element courtesy of some nicely swirly analogue keys
The Scandals- Mod/indie/ska cover band playing songs of the likes of The Jam, Madness, The Who, Small Faces, etc. They do it amazeballs well, ace of face, popping of pill, mo of hair….The King Zoots- Punked up retro indie with a nod to Mod ’65 and ’79, but also referencing early Clash via the Libertines, featuring strong toe tappin’ tunes with insistent hooks, these Zoots are hanging good. The Everglows- The Beatles, Small Faces, Weller and The Jam, Elvis Costello, The Who. Stuff like that resonates here for sure…also sound like The Stone Roses on a Move like psych lite tip. Neato…
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£7/£5 on the door
Sun 20 Mar
Concert To Callais
Concert To Calais can officially confirm that The Dublin Castle will host the first night of the charity tour.
The Dublin Castle, located in the heart of Camden, is one of London’s most famous pubs and venue, with acts including Madness, Travis, Blur, and The Arctic Monkeys previously playing the venue.
The gig, which will take place on the 20th of March, will see a range of artists perform from across the musical spectrum. Attendees will not pay entry, but will instead be asked to bring along supplies such as food, clothing, and sleeping equipment, which will be taken across the country to Calais, where it will be distributed amongst the refugees.
Concert To Calaiswould like to thank Bugbear Promotions for their incredible help in supporting the event.
The Dust Coda-Stonking plaid shirted old fashioned rocknrollers post Sound Garden fare with Southern Fried and GnR touches done extremely well. Ocean Delay-Heavy psych-grunge/narco rock, with a ferocious groove and a sub space rock element courtesy of some nicely swirly analogue keys. Rusty Blues Propellers- Italian combo doing twangsome slinky sleazeball garage rock think Black Rebel Motorcycle via Joy Division.
Terry And Gerry – Back in the bleak and industrial yet glibly New Romantic early 1980s nobody was channeling Buddy Holly and Lonnie Donnegan, or making use of a washboard for percussion instead of a drum kit before T and G…. Terry Lilley played double bass. Gerry Colvin sang lead vocals and played acoustic guitar. And still do with Su Richardson on aforementioned percussive kitchen furniture and Mick Honson on second geetar. And they wrote some truly marvellous songs… Butters On The Bread, Wait Until You’re Older, Reservation, so many class turns…and their back with equally good tunes today, a guaranteed life affirming night out…Jolanga- a perky Cat Stevens soundalike vocal via speedy pop mongous indie skiffle cum rocknroll. The spirit of Buddy Holly perhaps? It’s very well done, great harmonies, spirited playing and a nice lofi raw edge making it appealingly gutsy but always totally melodic and accessible. Tunesmiths for sure, damn fine…
Alan Clayson and the Argonauts – “were one of rock’s most glorious and enjoyable follies, and somewhere there is a parallel universe where they are bigger than The Beatles” – Rock ‘N’ Reel. OR!...‘a premier position on rock’s Lunatic Fringe’ (Melody Maker); In the late 1970s Clayson was being spoken of and written about in the same paragraphs as Wreckless Eric, John Otway, Tom Robinson and Elvis Costello, and a BBC Radio One In Concert (which turned up on a 2001 bootleg CD). Notoriety and cult glories aplenty but the Argonauts eventually succumbed to the treacherous seas of showbiz, no golden fleece…That was presumed to be that until a telephone call from out of the blue in summer 2005 from Damaged Goods records resulted in the release of Sunset On A Legend, a double-CD retrospective, and a reformation for a sensational ‘farewell performance’ – the first of many !….Here’s another not to be missed for fans of post punking pre punking outre outsider rocknroll.
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. Black Doldrums- Neo-Psychedelic, Drony Rock ‘N’ Roll, Grunge undertones and Shoegaze waves all done with a nifty narcotic noir sensibility. Nice.
The Klik-Essexy blend of slinky reggae, rock and Hip-Hop, all done in an accesssible Olly Murs meets Plan B stylee…fab tunes, deftly played. 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.”
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 originals Forget The Down-London band doing a feisty alt rock with a baggy swagger but a hard rocking riff monster edge. Dynamic stuff. Like Oasis go rawk 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. The Front Rank- Oasis informed blistering Britpop n roll.
Swamp Delta- ex Crazyhead ex Gaye Bykers On Acid groovy feckers back at it playing their 1980s indie chart hits and more… Formed summer 2013, Alex Peach & Robber Byker while on an outing in to the Delta depths searching for the liminal space within the swamp, conceived the “Swamp Delta” collective. Screaming Delta Anderson & Rob Vomit were invited in to the circle. All Wigston born and raised Song writers. “we are what we are simply because we are” Morgellons- Flicknife Recs artistes blend power rock with punky goth tinged indieness very well too. So big hitting drums, Killing Joke like guitar figures and Pistols punch with a pop friendly vocal. Cracking stuff, done with guts and conviction. The Bronsons- pub rock and rhythm n booze revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes. The Count Bishops and The Inmates are also reference points via a little counter cultural trippy blues. A great night out in themselves. 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.