The Last Pedestrians-The origins of the Last Pedestrians lie in the Mid 70’s Nottingham groups Plummet Airline and Gaffa. The latter playing innovative pop jazz and the former (signed to Stiff Records) playing twisted pub rock. In the early 80’s an amalgam of both groups The Atoms mutated through various projects, before eventually becomng Last Pedestrians who can be described as “Beefheart meets Tom Waits in Dub Jamming with the Grateful Dead just as Johnny Cash came to visit” The Velvet Ants-Female fronted baroque pop with a psychedelic folk vibe in places and hints of shoegaze and dream-pop evocative, compelling and they’ve decent tunes too Robot Mountain- Rather spiffing covers of 60s/70s/80s pop hits…sounds sort of like Pulp tackling it, nice heartfelt but underplayed delivery…ace take on Oliva Newton John’s Xanadu for instance. Cilla’s Anyone Who Had A Heart is grand too. Cool.
Molly Warburton-Appearing tonight in support of her debut EP “The Way it is” Molly started writing songs at the age of 17 in her small home town of Lancaster, in the North of England. Her debut album, released in early 2015, drew on her early influences of Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel, and KT Tunstall. Later in 2015, her single ‘Not Your Enemy’ showcased a more mature songwriting style, with added contempory influences includinngLondon Grammar and Hozier. Iridesce- slinky laid back fare with ponderous vibe and interlocking guitars settling into a blues tinged melancholic vibe with a nicely pitched aching vocal… stoned and stark with a hint of The Verve if re-imagined as a post Americana type affair…or Bunnymen on ludes maybe. Sara And Kenny-acoustic duo doing highly acomplished and beautifuly realized close harmony jazz/folk Emberhoney- is the music project centred around the artistry of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Madison Damion. Her arresting, lyric-driven songs are replete with cinematic tension, evocative soundscapes and haunting piano melodies. With a voice like ‘smoke and chocolate’,her live performances on both piano and guitar draw comparisons to Nick Cave, Agnes Obel and Anna Calvi.
The Top Fuellers- London/SouthEnd band playing punked up rockabilly/psychobilly-that’s got a Ramones like quality above and beyond the rocknroll nuances. Ex Klingonz/Highliners ‘Enjoying psychobilly music, beer, rockabilly music, beer, drag racing and hot rods, dubs and scooters’..Amen. Good rocking tonite. Jay Vee And The Cardinal Sins- Cranked up punked up rnb of frantic hue..Feelgoods, Godfathers, Milkshakes, ..spirited stuff with rippin’ guitar soloing and plenty of punky guts. Deathcaps- more supercharged rock and bastard roll for ya. DJ Chris Seltzer- Spinning the best in rockabilly between the abndsand at the end before DJ Fuzz hits the tables.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
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.
Billy Brown- With his album, Been A Long Time Coming, Mr Brown proffers forth some mercurial, deft originals and some highly original takes on choice covers. Billy B is a Singer/Songwriter with a fantastic collection of songs about love and life from his own experiences. And an ITV crew will be in da house tonight recording this show for a sooncome televisual happening starring Billy… The London SS- a name spoken of as legends of the proto UK punk scene of the 1970s. Although the band never released any material (but there are rumours of a tape, buried somewhere in the depths of Mick Jones‘ old flat) they were arguably as bigger influence on the formation of the infant punk movement as the Sex Pistols. Former members of the London SS went on to form the Clash, The Damned, Generation X and founder member and ex Hollywood Brats Brady still rocks lead guitar in the band. For fans of New York Dolls, Pistols, Dead Boys etc… Princip- swaggering pop rock which is actually quite hard to pigeonhole, it’s pretty commercial but at the same time quite edgy, going from Kaiser Chiefs type beefed up indie rockers, more mature radio friendly alt rock thru lilting pop ska numbers that recall early Madness, an eclectic frothy pop mix. Gravity Racer- Fuzzed up post punk, grinding bass, pounding drums and an unhinged vocal, Metal Box era Public Image Ltd via wierd psych-prog and My Bloody Valentine-esque experimentation, quite a unique sound really, compelling for sure. Psychic TV could be an influence…
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£6/£4.50 on the door £5 in advance
Pet Shop Boys Tribute- perfect Christmas after office party fare for those of an ‘8os/’90s/Noughties sophisticated electropop persuassion…doing all the hits and then some. DJs We Got Killers do Yuletide synthpop Heaven til the wee wee hours
The Vibrators- From Pure Mania in 1977 onwards The Vibrators set out their stall as the accomplished but still utterly kick ass end of Romantic punk n roll, showing the upstarts how it’s done. Still the case…and former frontman Knox should be on hand tonight to hop up on stage and give us all goosebumps. Automatic Love for all, Happy Punkmas. 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. Monkish- agreeably rancid and ratty punk rock attack with some comely comedic touches. Check out the er ‘look’…It’s showbiz, it’s pure punk rock showbiz. Arrive early and make sure you’re on hand to enjoy the Monkish punkish thang.
Wax Age- superb combination of jangly and darkly punking guitars lead the way into a Joy Division/Bunnymen/The Sound type powerful post punk informed set of stealthy songs. Mr Happy Chainsaw-4 piece band from Essex with their own unique style of Punk Rock with a twist of Pop Von Bonasus-Dynamic alt rock w th good use of the light n shade dynamic a nice full overdriven guitar sound and a stomping rhythm section, reminiscent of Q.O.T.S.A by way of Muse with a touch of Royal Blood. Keid – Foo Fighters and Zep nuanced struttin’ soulful rocknroll with a soaring commerciality.
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.The Bad Day Blues Band-young bohos , play da blues in a John Mayall/Clapton/CCS fashio.authentic nuances agogo but they’re not overdoing the bluesology andthey do get a very good groove on. Calico-Female fronted alt rock with echoes of The Kills and Siouxsie and the Banshees, juxstaposed with something a little more folky and cerebral, works well Dirty Orange-Fired up post grunge indie, Nirvana via Artic monkeys, hooky tunes executed with energy and verve
Cats On The Beach- New wave pop with driving guitars and insistent melodies, a bit like The Only Ones, but with a louche Pete Doherty-esque vocal and some well placed mournful trumpet on their less edgy slower tunes, shambling in the right way, Romantic, poetic, poised for good things Olivia & The Saint-Fantastic vocals uber-dramatic in places but with the soulfulness of Amy Winehouse, there’s some nice fuzzed up guitar, and overall jazz tinged psychedelic pop vibe, at times dark and melancholic others more up-beat and summery, great stuff. Illusion-3 piece doing spare sparky rocknroll. Powerpop leanings …via Wilko era Feelgoods. Beatles (Revolver era) and just enough punk grit to lift it from indie schmindieness. Good indeed. Good playing, catchy tunes, clever arrangements. Kumari-‘verb soaked garage psych rock a distillation of the 1st 2 nuggets L.P’S with the swagger of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, some great acid fried lead guitar and a slightly inhinged lead vox. Bits remind of 13th Floor elevators, good
Pat Martin And The Liquid Engineers- Gary Numan/Tubeway Army tribute!…does what it says on the Metal tin, and bloody brilliantly well at that. Numanoids ahoy! Hope in yer Cars or whatever way you get around and enjoy classic Numan in intimate kick ass surrounds. As one Welshman said to another on being asked if he was attending this show..’Aye Die, You Die’?
Foo 5ighters-That Foos Feeling without the broken legs and ticket touts!
Four musicians at the top of their game, performthe 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
Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door £10 in advance
Sat 14 Jan
Mr Clean (tribute to The Jam)
Fresh from headlining the Brighton Bank Holiday Mod Weekender, and recently described as the UK’s most exciting and energetic tribute to the Woking 3, Mr Clean stand out amongst other tributes, and are now the most sought after Jam tribute band in the country because of their authentic and energetic sound and performance. Playing a wide selection of singles, B sides and album tracks, Mr Clean don’t pretend or try to be The Jam, but are recognised as the ultimate tribute to the songs of The Jam because of the energy and passion they put into their live performances, something which is often lacking with other acts.
King Schascha- second singer and force of nature in The Engish Beat, AKA the U.S based version of the band featuring Dave Wakeling, so in a sense Schascha channels Ranking Roger there- but he’s his own man stylee wise, with a roots reggae career of his own with recent records that include collaborations wth Sizzla and The Specials’ Neville Staples. Paper Chaser- Hiphop and reggae blended perfectly with crunching results.Nuusic DJs- A Dubplate a day keeps the doctor away say Nuusic posse…damn right, junglist rubadub moves between the live turns tonite. Kareem Shabazz and the Ryddim Kings- Grooviliscious reggae/rock steady outfit, fronted by Kareem Shabazz, who’s recorded back in Jamaica witrh the likes of Horsemouth Wallace , doing their own hooky and danceable tunes with the odd soul cover, so it’s slick Brit Reggae of a sweet sunny disposition.
Electrophonic Tonic- Barry Stillwell formerly of Quickspace and other tippertop hip and happening bands- well he’s back on stage ce soir fronting this winning blend of new wave artpop via 7crunching 1970’s rock. Boy From The Crowd- Oddly alluring vocals. Who said Howard Devoto on meth? Well can only be a good thing, luv Howard Devoto and er yeah meth….this really hits it’s rock out stride. Hendrix gets a sassy glam punk indie makeover. Good reviews from Louder Than War etc. Damn good ya see. The Commonjets- Storming Northern indie with rousing choruses, quite an epic stadia filling sound akin to Kasabian by way of Mansun, good stuff. Julia Russo- Upbeat snappy indie-folk, from the U.S so none of our homegrown navel gazing here, musically a mash up of Folk, indie, pop and a dash of Bluegrass, sounds not unlike a female Paul Simon in places, uplifting and engaging. The Ancient Unknown- Jangle and Anglo indie meets Americana… Daniel Johnson springs to mind but not so much on the ‘outsider’ vibe…Neil Young for sure…guitar motifs like Felt in the 1980s, difficult to pigeonhole but much allure.
Thrust- A Nottingham, UK, based full on glitter, denim and leather tribute to all good Stadium Rock and Metal from the 70’s power, groove and Majesty of bands like Kansas, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath, throwing in a large dose in hair metal, glam, and OTT 80’s rock of Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Crue, as well as the likes of Maiden, Priest, Ozzy and Metallica, along with a sprinkle of the alternative of the 90’s. Forged out the fires of the Industrial East Midlands, Thrust features Ex ‘Jezebel’ members Marcus Parr and Tim Colwill, as well as Ex- NML Guitarist Steven Fernandez. Finally Den Matthews (Vocalist) completed the lineupThe result is a thumping tribute to Rock n roll and Heavy Metal with make-up, theatrics and several tongues in it’s cheek! Brace yourselves! A good thrusting is upon you! The Hellfire Club- hard rock alterno grungateers outta Brighton.
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK SPECIAL Puppets To The Supreme Commander- a fine and fiery five piece dealing out pulsating pop-noire with an undertow of hooky alt rock. Drummer Ed Graham he of The Darkness has joined forces with Angus Duprey once of Goid, and lo there shall be happenings. Witch Fever- All girl grunge punk band from Manchester with unhinged feral vox and a ramshackle approach yes, but supercool sonics, this band display an undeniable rough-hewn charm. The Garage Flowers- Cocksure indie rock n roll…. stylistically it’s late 60’s Stones via a glammed up Libertines, loadsa swagger and top tunes to boot.
Doors from 7.15
£6/£4.50 on the door
Fri 27 Jan
The Machine Rages On
The Machine Rages On- Those Rage Against The Machine coves have dropped the Eff Bomb on every indie/alterno/hard rock disco floor from here to Baghdad , Bethlehem, Blackpool or Bogota since they first emerged 20 odd years ago. Its a huge tune, and we are now fully informed of the fact that fuck you actually they wont do what you tell them (motherlover)….but thing is they have LOTS of big tunes, and these guys are gonna whip up a storm with them tonite. A RATM tribute it is indeed.
The Skatuessques- All female Ska/Rocksteady crew from Dublin, got a really nice lightness of touch, like a more erudite Bodysnatchers, do covers and origs all fabulously well. The Collective A.K.A- Mod/2 Tone covers act- so you get Specials, Jam, Madness, Clash- all done with a fire in the belly and a tiger in the tank. Mods, scooterists, rude boys, punky reggae party people…you’ve turned up on the right night. Brunk- Taking the wind instruments to the skanking, punk rock party is the groovy game here. Guys and gals with the full gamut of brass section and woodwind wonders up their sleeves, some big, fat grin inducing musical nods and winks to be sure.
Snappy 7 piece SKA covers act all yer 2 tone faves from Specials, Selecter Madness etc, played with verve and panache
Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door £8 in advance
Fri 24 Feb
+ Bones Of The City
The Outfit- Great to see Jeff ‘Stinky’ Turner back at the mic with a raw rocking band behind him again…but if you were expecting a Cockney Rejects kind of affair think again…to an extent…actually there are some wicked Bad Man manouevres in here but equally there’s a large dose of commercially astute hiphop of a post Plan B Brit street nature, as Jeff is joined by two more talented yooot dem mic manipulators at the frontline of the band. Also bits of Clash like musical sophistication blended perfectly with some righteous punk hop anger. Great stuff. Bones Of The City- Stooges meets street punk raw rocknroll.
ELVANA – THE WORLD’S FINEST ELVIS FRONTED TRIBUTE TO NIRVANA!
From the bowels of Disgraceland, Rock & Roll icons of the afterlife are raised from the dead! Rock & Roll meets Grunge as Elvis fronts Nirvana and gives the band the front man it’s been missing since ’94. Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged up sections of the king of rock & rolls finest moments, culminating in an audible orgasm of overdrive & old school Rockabilly. It smells like cheeseburgers and teen spirit, daddy-o!
Elvana’s short lifetime has already seen them support NYC titans ‘Tragedy: A Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees’, Drive Thru-Metal’s finest – LA’s ‘Mac Sabbath,’ as well as tearing up venues throughout the UK. VA Rocks-All girl grunge metal trio from Sweden,heavily influenced by bands like AC/DC, Danko Jones, Ramones and The Runaways. think Girschool via L7 decent tunes and bags of conviction,
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.”