Lord Numb- Dark electro pop with a hot neo glam rock sensibility amidst the Bowie/Bauhaus/Kraftwerk cold wave drift…seering hot songs fully dosed up with proper rocknroll chops and played tight, taut and tantalising by this fabulous 3 piece tour de force. The Real King(s) of Spain, are an experimental art rock duo who incorporate electronic, instrumental, spoken word, sample, internet-download and political elements into their sound. They fuse melody and rhythm with an occasionally more discordant score to reflect the nature of the lyrics, which deal with subjects from class antagonism to Dionysian excess and many others in between. Bowie is an influence for sure, and there’s a nod to Eno in the music as well as the more experimental end of post punk …some Second Hand Daylight era Magazine, bits of The Pop Group... and the tunes aint half bad. Santa Semeli And The Monks- a mix of indie rock, parping brass and a yelping female vocal sounds.. ….redolent of X Ray Spex, Kleenex and other post punk poetic treats. Sutil- tight quirky speeeedy groove rock coming on like RHCP on whizz via Zappa and possibly The Melvins but a lot of funk in here- played fast and furious and whacked out time sigs and arrangements wise. Interesting.
Kitten Pyramid- launching their album tonite, KP have garnered great reviews from The Guardian, Q mag, Prog mag and many more…take a Cardiacs type jaunty sound and combine it with some thoroughly Syd era Floyd whimsy and hard edged Crimson meets Tull passgaes , wig out Hendrix guitar, pastoral brass and a bit of reflective Genesis like neo folk too…but very original…new prog! ”A great new band to fall in love with” Chris Hawkins, 6 Music . Thumper Monkey- psych rock exploratories ahoy! Not The Future- 3 piece guitar band ..give it some welly, big hitting drums and indie classique song structures and some interesting left field little melodies.
Chased By Karma- ex members from Understand and Pepperman from the 1990′s. ‘original blend of melodic alternative rock’…Pearl Jam meets Pink Floyd, yowsah. JunkFoxx- commercial Brit rock with an appealing pop chorus and a neat ear for a catchy motif here, nice riff there.. shades of Oasis, Zep and what have you but it is particularly well done, catchy, melodic, bankable.Death & The Miser- Grinding metal, a bit industrial in parts with something of early Iron Maiden in the vocals, more Guns and Roses on the guitar work. But ultimately a more stoner happening- in fact sound not unlike original stoner overlords Fu Manchu. Via Sabs...natch.
Honest John Plain- former Boys and Lurkers guitar slinger back in polka dots and black for some low slung Dollsy rocknroll…. is that Pretenders star Martin Chambers on drums!? An all star rocknroll band chock fulla sexy BV chicks and cool guys swinging their axes low and mean…classic glam punk n powerpop. The Sherpas- Have won competitions in their native Devon…sound like Ocean Colour Scene meets Arctic Monkeys with an Anglo- Jim Morrison vocal…soar a bit with it n all. Nolita View-Proggy indie but with impressively hooky and fluid guitar lines, good vocal interplay and with the jazzy drums it sounds like they’re channeling early 80′s king Crimson, interesting and intricate tunes
Casitas- sort of ’80s soul pop rocking an odd but groovy electric mandolin (?) throughout, a buoyant backbeat and an arrestingly understated vocal….China Crisis spring to mind…Or Underworld with the post E mental breakdownd excised… catchy, funky bass lines, nice feel. Go on. Suzy Condrad- ‘I am a live looping artist, eclectic, dynamic live show, make a good opener as more upbeat than an acoustic singer-songwriter but still solo’ She is too! multi layered vocals, with lots of cheeky character, it’s different for sure. Sounds like Banarama meets Laurie Anderson! That’s a good thing. Clever little tunes with winning left field riddims and that wonderfully joyous vocal blend. Interesting. Angela Sheik- US ‘Boss looping’ champion…honest! So Feist could be a touchstone…. Standards and originals sensitively performed by this singer songer chick with nice breathy vocal and looped up backing carefully crafted. Rickie Lee Jones and Janis Ian and a bit of Tori Amos but via experimental textures and something akin to an epic take on EurythmicsHoward J Foster- invoking a little Rick Wakeman/Keith Emerson old school progadelik Brit rock classicism, this one man keyboard whizz wears his cape well.
The Voluntears- wonderfully wayward wall of sound altness. Arcane Flux- they have a song called Ketamine- they play a blend of bar room rawk and scally punk that is nigh on like a metal Mondays? Actually a hard rock Arctic Monkeys… Reminds me of when Slaughter And The Dogs became Slaughter… as sponsored by XFM…
Hope and Anchor
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Sat 14 Jun
+ The Bamboo Vipers + Prostate Cancer UK Fundraiser
Yes friends and neighbours the rumours are true!!! After more than five years away the all time greatest kickass country punk combo ever to walk the earth are gonna get out there again, one time, and one time only, for old time sake and in support of Prostate Cancer UK. In support we have the magnificent glampunkers The Bamboo Vipers fronted by ex Cropdusters vocalist Shaun Morris and we’ll be announcing more special guests shortly. You have to be at this one. Not only will you have the night of your life, but you’ll be raising money for a life saving cause.