+ The Gin Birkins + Daddy at The Old England, Bristol 30 / 06 tickets // info
At last! The much awaited, most anticipated second studio album by the psychedelic, synthesised glam-punk extraordinaries known as Martyrials. As we feast our ears upon the trustworthy new album 'Electric Delegates' - let us revel in their ruthless creativity and glorious haircuts.
Finding it hard to imagine what would happen if The B-52's met System Of A Down? Or if Ramones got their grubs on synthesisers? The questions you seek answers to are soon to be answered.
Gaygirl make alt-grunge noise-pop, whilst retaining shoegazey undertones. ‘Indie Noir’ has been a term used to describe the emotive, visceral sonic of this female-fronted four piece. For fans of MBV, Radiohead, Nirvana and PJ Harvey; or those who want them all at once – get sent on a journey through the nuances of 90s nostalgia-meets-now with jarring melodies and guttural guitar vibes. Gaygirl have proven themselves to be a tight and dynamic live act on the London gigging scene, supporting the likes of Shame, Sorry and Gabrielle Cohen amongst many other up and coming bands.
+ The Evil Usses at The Louisiana, Bristol 10 / 07 tickets // info
2.5 years in the making, My Octopus Mind are finally releasing their Debut album 'Maladyne Cave'. Covering a broad expanse of their eclectic sound and embodying the creativity and idiosyncrasies of their hometown, Bristol.
The trio have succeeded in carving out a bold yet delicate niche for themselves; part ambient, part folk and part crushingly heavy. An introverted journey of a wandering mind, jagged crunchy riffs and soul-wrenching howls.
Join us in celebrating the joyous release of 'Madalyne Cave', with these two wonderful, genre-melting forces. Bristol is beautiful.
+ Les Bods + special guests at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton 20 / 07 co-pro w/ Love Thy Neighbour tickets // info
White Fang kicks huge amounts of ass all around the world. Their flabbergasting and often hilarious brand of high-energy experimental rock takes form in their nearly 15 years of sweat-drenched live performance, surreal improvisation and an immutable passion for the absurd. In 2018 White Fang made a television pilot for Comedy Central called ‘Gnarnia.’ Most recently the band released their ‘Still Stupid’ EP to be streamed everywhere people expect to listen to music for free or to be purchased on cassette from Burger Records and the band’s own imprint Gnar Tapes.
+ DAGS! + Gary & The Yays at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton co-pro w/ Sugar-free 14 / 08 tickets // info (+ limited physical tickets available in Resident)
Last year was busy for Londoners Average Sex who grab aspects of post-punk and add their own personalities, resulting in something both noisy and pretty damn inspiring. With shows in Paris and Amsterdam supporting The Charlatans, then into the studio with Tim Burgess and James Spencer (New Order, The Cribs, The Charlatans) to record the follow up to their debut EP, ‘Ice Cream’.
‘Melodie‘ was released in August on O Genesis Recordings and their summer was spent in a van going up and down the country playing gigs and festivals, including a sold-out EP launch. Recently voted one of the most unmissable bands of the weekend at this year’s Sound City festival in Liverpool; Average Sex are definitely going to be busier this year.
"Bad ass power-pop champs sucking on ice cream and the tears of their ex's" - Art is Hard
+ special guests at The Hope & Ruin (downstairs), Brighton 05 / 09 free tickets // info
Arguably born the wrong side of the North Atlantic and of a bygone era: one where oiled boots and thick trousers stomped the streets of New York City, it’d be rational to assume Edinburgh-based Cheap Teeth were part of this scene given their aptitude for deep vocal melodies, howling guitars and romantic organ breaks.
Their hastily ratified DIY style deals in post-punk refrains alloyed with West-Coast garage rock influences, spawning raucous live performances which would more than reconcile a 70s CBGBs gig and provide the proverbial blood, sweat and tears. Their ligature to one another hugely tracts despite the unit forging through childhood best friends, a chance encounter and a skin-hitter being procured from Gumtree.
The multifaceted four piece found base in Edinburgh and have quickly loosened many a stiff neck in the Scottish capital. With mordancy, their affable and virile tones consisting of soft growls and brash shouted vocals have spun several heads.
+ special guests at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton 12 / 10 co-pro w/ Love Thy Neighbour tickets(selling fast)// info (+ limited physical tickets available in Resident)
Following the release of acclaimed debut 'God Speed In The National Limit' in 2017, Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly sharing the name) have continued to gather a reputation for their unique live performances. This was never more evident that on 2018's European tour supporting Bristol heavyweights IDLES.
Following swiftly in 2018’s footsteps, the somewhat cryptically named duo have recently recorded a live session for influential Seattle-based radio station KEXP. A moment that cemented their reputation as their unique live force, demonstrating a mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies.
Focusing on the difficult negotiation of an imagined view of the future, album opener 'Future Thinker' sets an uncompromising tone for the forthcoming record - a collection of songs that abstract the quotidian encounters on the fringes of a city.
With new material slated for release this year (following up 2017’s acclaimed debut God Speed In The National Limit), JOHN return to Bear Bites Horse Studio, East London with producer Wayne Adams back at the helm.
"In this post-truth world where alternative facts get squeezed out via the distorted prism of social media, the simplicity of a band like JOHN makes for a refreshing tonic" - Loud and Quiet