Those Naughty Lumps- Punk/New Wave/Power Pop Kings of Erics back in them there post punk days in Liverpool, the Lumps introduced to the delights of Iggy Pop’s Jacket and thank the Lord have donned it once again , reformed, rejigged, revitalized, a brilliant night out for sure…fans of The Stranglers, 999, The Members or The Blockheads will find loads to enjoy here…b Empire Kings-Mature indie pop stylings nicely melodic with a nod to the likes of Crowded House also shades of americana and U.S college rock The Benefit Cheats- Anthemic punk with a decidedly Clash feel and bags of energy and conviction, hooky tunes too. The Vulz- Nice bit of gooey grindy get off yo ass and get real gone garage punk. Classic formula, no mucking around.
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sun 31 Jul
+ Bluekilla + Beer Beer Orchestra
Straight off the back of the Kippertronix Festival in Wales, two of the finest European Ska bands collide under one roof at the Dublin Castle in Camden Town just before departing the UK. These two heavyweights of Ska will now be joined by one of the UK’s finest Ska Reggae and Rocksteady bands in REBELATION. Bluekilla, one of the legendary long standing Ska bands from Munich, Germany (31 years to be exact) finally make their debut in England. An awesome 9 piece line up that will blow the roof off the DC.Beer Beer Orchestra, an awesome Ska Punk band from France, who finally make their London debut on their 10th Anniversary. Regulars at the Kippertronix and Boomtown Festivals, amazingly never played London.
Shoot The Moon-ska with brass but not remotely 2 Tone- more influenced by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Funkadelic, Yes Sir Boss, Mad Caddies, Streetlight Manifesto, with indie rock overtones although there is a hint of The Specials…excellant players, decent tunes. Tetish-Electro rock from Tel Aviv, female vocals wailing rock guitar, clattering percussion, more rock than elctro really MGMT could be an influence.Thee Deadtime Philharmonic- Influenced by Bowie,Velvet underground,James Brown,Happy Mondays,Little Richard,The Clash,Tricky,Lee perry,Small Faces,Sex Pistols,Dub Pistols, their militant working class stance caught the eye of Clash legend, Mick Jones who took Deadtime out as special guests. Since the tour Murdoch has recorded a single and album with The Tribunes..out on Honest Jons Records, containing Mick Jones rhythm section from Carbon/Silicon. The Clash connection continued when Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music) invited Deadtime into the family by funding their first single, double a-side ‘Moths/Spine’ with producer Paul Tipler (Idlewild, 80s Matcbox, Dr Feelgood,Elastica) Strummerville also added ‘Spine (demo) to their prestigious DIY download page.Sere Trouble-Female alt rocker who rather confidently describes herself as a “rock star in the making” does the music back up her cock-sure ness, well .. yes. Gives P.J. Harvey and Patti Smith a run for their money vocal wise, lotta drama etc but musically quite interesting, post rock, 80’s indie, Chameleons etc and more recent stuff like Howling Bells. Gret stuff
JD Kelleher- Troubadour with a brilliant band and a Bryan Ferry like lilt to his voice, though the music is more kind of Chris Izaak on a punker tip…Debut single, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ topped the Irish charts. What that one? Yes that one…twangy guitar (JD’s thang is the twang hence my Chris Izaak comparison) takes the melody and he delivers it like a a country ballad, really works too, as does his entire sizzling set of bruisingly good tunes Sam and the Black Seas.-Beautifuly melodic indie folk with at times a wistful psychedelic vibe, but up-beat and hooky at the same time, lovely stuff Coyote-Folk duo (guitar and Banjo) with some lovely harmonies hinting at late 60’s U.s types as opposed to yer neo-folk though there are hints of early Mumfords etc, more of a Simon & Garfunkle vibe via 2 thirds of Crosby Stills & Nash
Hana Pirana- gypsy punk with some deft violin courtesy of Hana, who also sings with some sass, Central European vibes butThe Clash are in here too, Gogo Bordello maybe, but also has an identity all its own. Not afraid to take a slower pace andmake great use of their rapper. The Last Of Us- Low slung groove rock via grunge with a vocal somewhere between Anthony Keidis and Bonn Scott, with a bit of a nod to Grunge musically but also classic metal. 8 & Grey-A high octane mix of White Stripes, Band of Skulls and the punkier side of Nirvana. The Marks Cartel- epic intentions nailed to the mast with this alt rock broody rock beast…one foot in the rock via grunge camp of a Sound Garden another in the indie-r territories of The Verve, Oasis type choruses, but mainly classic rock shapes being thrown. Whole Lotta Zep. Aye. Have just finished in the studio working on our debut album with Max Heyes (Paul Weller, Oasis, Bloc Party, Ocean Colour Scene etc).
The Terrorsaurs- Now yer talkin’!… Wild Primal Beats. Schlock ‘n’ Roll…. not for squares…yeah… instro twangerama played with rubber dino masks on, which always helps attain a certain quality of guitar sound I find..…fans of The Cramps, Link Wray , Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and so forth will be much pleasured muchly much Round Eye Band-A compelling mash-up of Punk, krautrock, surf and sludge rock, from Shanghai, bit like the boredoms in places, without really sounding too much like ‘em but has that vibe, quite a unique soundThe Heavy Jets-Swaggering alt rock with a soupcon of grunge and Glam think Black Rebel Motorcycle Club via band of A Skulls with a possible nod to the more bombastic mid 70’s end of The Who
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’
Black Doldrums-Dynamic two piece Garage Rock combo via Neo-Psychedelic, Drony Rock ‘N’ Roll, Grunge undertones and Shoegaze waves Birdy Hop- Psychedelic blues infused rock trio, overdriven distorted guitars, juxstaposed with pretty vocal Harmonies, shades of americana too at times recalling The Band After Empires-Hooky Indie rock, with a possible Alex Turner influence style vocals wise, though musically more of an art-pop Franz Ferdinand via We Are Scientists affair Siracuse-Psychedelic indie rock with a confident swagger and some fine tunes to back it up, loadsa conviction and verve in the playing too, distant echoes of The Verve and various early 90’s Northern indie types, great stuff
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” The Bronsons- pub rock and rhythm n booze revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartzvia 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. Bricks- frenzied as foook punk mayhem with a raw U.S hardcore meets Brit post punk approach and some rapcore- comes on mid way between Big Black, Biohazard and Death Grips. Syncopated madness and declaiming righyteousness…dig.
Tacitus- Metal, fast furious…steam metal…is that a thing? It is now I reckon…proggish in a folky way, lots of erratic passages and a growly vocal with a folkish aspect…pretty out there really…if Richard Dawson did metal….it’s mental – luv it…
Their influences include Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold, Pantera, Sylosis…..Hollow Illusion- Stonking power metal from Norway with an impressively ballsy sound, sounds a bit like early 80’s bands like Accept via something more contemporary.. Metallica I’d say .Hadrian- Anthemic 80’s metal, U.F.O Quiet Riot etc, storming stuff.
Far Suns Fall- Emotive pop with a slick radio-friendly sound widescreen, atmospheric but heartfelt tunes in Athlete/Coldplays ballpark The Last Bugles- melodic acoustic based affair with a fiery folk rock feel… Beatles ,Dylan, Lennon solo, The Band…..Strum- The emotive charge of Elbow coupled with the dramatic Flourish of Nick Cave, also nods to Bowie in places Doves in others, really strong tunes and a fully realized sound
Modernismo! is the sound of the 1960s without the hit food, poor hygiene and lapsed Acker Bilk fans. Swinging, Swinging, Swinging….Tonight featuring The King Zoots- Punked up retro indie with a nod to Mod but also referencing early Clash via The Libertines, strong toe tappin’ tunes with insistent hooks. Acid Valley Nomads- starring Nastradoomus Nasos K (Vox/Guitar) Renniks (Bass) Fantastic Mr. Furr (Guitar) Bones Jones (Drums) Reverend Brother Raymond Ray aka the Pastor of Disastor (Keys) it’s fair to say these sassy sons of the psychedelic Jurassic Dorset are groovy as can be hoped…wonderful work of a surf based psych punk nature, nice…don’t go extinct now.
I Cried On TV- sinewey garage guitar and there’s a busy bee of a drummer,and the louche voice sits really well with this despite its abrasive punkiness, it all shows a lotta promise, comparable to The Kills but actually quite a unique sound. Badoos- Creates a refreshing and surprisingly immersive sound combining uplifting beats, house or jazzy salsa vibes and occasional hints of drum and bass, Inspired by artists such as Bonobo and FlumNarrowcliff- Angelicaly voiced songs of downbeat melancholy and reverie, but uplifting in their realization Free-Men-Life- Acoustic pop outta Germany of a Jason Mraz bent, quite understated and laid back, washes over you most pleasantly, but a bit of a grower, quite compelling, a sparse jazz tinged sound with the odd bit of brass and glocks for texture, neat.
Alexis Kings- groove rock, Zeppy with a post Math Rock approach to laying down the groove,…cyclical riffs and hints of RATM, RHCP and other dancy …come on like a rocked up N*E*R*D what with the verily Pharrel Williams vocal. Top drawer.
Tigerside-Fizzy altitude skimming big pop music with emotional pull always in the mix…taking a bit of the optimistic melancholia of Doves and the bright synthpop textures of New Order and adding a nigh on Prefab Sproutish romantic pop element care of the joint boy/girl vocals. .The Blue Book Project-Swaggering blues fuelled indie rock with a snarling Liam Gallager-esque vox, plenty of conviction to the execution and the tunes aint bad, like a fired up rockier Oasis with a touch of Artic Monkeys. No Thoughts No Gravity- Dreamy folky indie with female singer quite soulful but also has an experimental edge akin to the deviant edges of the Radiohead back catalogue….strong tunes and a unique sound.
Dubvocalizamusic- Built on reggae and dub foundations but there’s elements of rock, especially the Dave Gilmour guitar and a nod to Massive Attack, all quite trippy, but fear not the roots rock reggae is always in the ascendant. Original groovy gritty lyrical dub-fusion soulful spongie reggae drawing inspiration from Peter Tosh solo as much as Marley…excuse me while I ply my riff….Operation Offbeat- mixing ska and rudeboy reggae with a big Clash element and some cajin/’world’ elements redolent of Joe Strummer’s Mescaleros…something of the folky punkiness of The Men They Couldn’t Hang too. Their more ska centric numbers go at a right old pace…bit of Madness, some Gogol Bordello but pretty original for a ska based act. Grand..The Smokes- classic indeed classy modernist indie with punk pop roots and plenry of alterno tood.
Blaney- Former Fall member/manager Ed Blaney unveils his new solo project and album ‘Urban Nature’ (MES is all over it but wont be appearing tonight) …edgy quirky pop with a surprising love and peace type undertow…nice MES moments…quite Fall-ish but chirpily poptabulous too. ‘Energy, passion, suss and thrust, it’s not just music, at times it’s pop mayhem.’- Terry Christian… ‘This a Salford album through and through, Ed is part and parcel of the city’s fabric and framework and the grit and the humour bleed through the songs that are the kind of warped genius that John Peel would have loved’- John Robb (Louder Than War) Organised Scum-Off-kilter artpop nodding to X.T.C in their later more psychedelic period with a touch of Jarvis Cocker vocal wise, interesting stuff hooky tunes too… BKK- Combining second album Roses and other baggy touches with a more blissed out Doors/Floyd feel. Lots of accomplished playing, nice feel. Also go for a bit of frantic punkiness with a raw blues undertow too. Prisms-experimental post rock from Brighton a half sung, half spoken narrative over a cinematic backdrop pretty compelling and doesn’t really sound like anyone else at the mo so a pretty neat trick.
UFO Baby Promotions & Bugbear Promotions present The Jackobins live at Dublin Castle! The Liverpool Rockers bring their vibrant alternative sounds to the legendary Camden venue with support from Outer space Alt-Rockers Little Green Men + more TBA!
Reece Purcadini Group- David Reece (ex Accept/Bangalore Choir vocalist and current frontman for Bonfire) and his new band RPG set out on their September 2016 UK Tour and hit the DC for their London show tonight. Top drawer support from London’s fastest rising hard rock/metal act – EVYLTYDE and special guest TBA.
Hercules II- Radiowave Recordings artiste who are indeed very loud and very heavy on account of being a noisecore orchestra of amassed mesmeric superpunk psych guitar overload…an all star band too with doyennes of grunge, Camden lurch and garage punk giving it their all to kill the beast. Not to be fecking missed. Ear plugs advised, or fuggit, put yer head in the speaker stack. Our P.A is mint. Cauldronated- Talking of stars… Drum supernova Dave Barbarossa has played of course with Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Republica and Chicane….and his current band are buoyed up beautifully by the bubbling bass of Andy Duke, the searing electronics of shadowy member off stage David Harman and the dark and devious punk cabaret cool of Eva Menon upfront at the mic. Brilliant band. Tribal, dubwiser, techno hypnotic. Kamikaze Test Pilots- A raging mash up of Punk, funk n metal with an unhinged vocal, quite a unique sound and executed with panache, pretty outre but also compelling.
Blood Tub Orchestra- A fabulous London Dirtholespin off also featuring Tim WhelanfromTransglobal Underground. 2 drums in a stand-up stylee just like Dirthole and some righteously rancid re-rubs of Vaudevillian curios originally by the likes ofHarry Champion (‘The End Of Me Old Cigar…Fnar Fnar Fnar’…) andMarie Lloyd….’A discombobulation and disintegration of music hall, parlour music and related Victorian and Edwardian filth and obscurity. Performed by a fine upstanding rabble’. 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.
Doors from 7.15
£6/£4.50 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.