Another year bites the dust! The tree will be shining bright like a diamond, wine (or cider) will be mulling and most importantly singers will be singing. Check out what we’ve got coming up this December and when the bands are done why not stick around for a late night drink as we’ll be open til at least 3am every night for the whole of December with DJs most nights!
Holly Golightly’s Xmas Show
+ The Senior Service ft. Graham Day + Big Joe Lewis
Saturday 1st December
Part of the Damaged Goods Records 30th Anniversary shows. Holly Golightly with her full band plus very special guests The Senior Service featuring Graham Day.
+ House Of Jealous Clubnight Upstairs // Sanjay playing disco in the main bar til 4am
Maarja Nuut & Ruum
+ Ola Szmidt
Sunday 2nd December
Estonian duo Maarja Nuut & Ruum operate in a musical interzone; connecting the deep-rooted, intuitive worldview of days past with the hyper-mediated realities and seemingly limitless technological possibilities of the present and future. Their debut album is a tour de force of sonic dexterity, where Ruum’s abstract electronic framework beautifully complements Nuut’s atavistic melodies. The album will be announced soon and is due to be released this Autumn on FatCat’s 130701 imprint.
Wednesday 5th December
Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.
The last nine months have seen Fontaines D.C. release three hotly received double A-side singles, all of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.
Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation, and ‘70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones. On their new AA Side Single ‘Chequeless Reckless/ Boys In The Better Land” the band have decided to delve even deeper into their influences (which they personally cite as spanning from The La’s, to The Pogues to Buddy Holly) employing hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riffs, whilst channelling Dublin into their concise and often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish drawl.
+ Faye playing records in the main bar til 3am
+ Pizzagirl + Harlea
Thursday 6th December
South London multi-instrumentalist Mellah releases Middle England, his new EP. The follow up to 2017’s debut soul-searching Liminality EP. Includes the tracks Paseo, Numb and the James Ford produced Cigarette Lighter. Throughout the EP, the only two constants are Ramsden’s vulnerable, querulous yet weirdly authoritative vocals and his liquid guitar playing. He and his instrument constantly sound on the verge of offering you outside for a fight or bursting into tears – which, as you know, is true of all the best rock. For fans of Leonard Cohen, Yellow Days and Robert Wyatt. – Rough Trade
+ DJ Marco Pierre White Christmas in the club // Jordan Telegram playing records in the main bar til 3am
+ Big Society + Fine Creatures
Monday 7th December
“Only 90’s kids remember the last tides of Thatcherism razing the country to the ground, and the nervous cultural climate that gave way to Size Zero and the corporatisation of club culture, but at least there were banging rock tunes.
London’s Honey Lung come fully formed, not old enough to have fully lived the 90s, but still able to capture the glittering remnants, a sensitive yet muscular rock beast with a love of shoegaze, Smashing Pumpkins, and Ash’s first album. Riffs are repeated ad infinitum, but with enough care that they never overpower, always floating delicately above the rhythm section, and Kind of Alone is as much a breeze as it is a head rush.
Perfect V is a storm of an opener, obviously referencing the Pumpkins’ Cherub Rock, but if you’re going to ape someone, ape the best. Jamie Batten’s vocals are pronounced and obvious, and he knows his way around a mammoth chorus hook. He navigates his guitar round melodies in the last half in an epic build-up of punk energy. End of Time is a power pop gem, reminiscent of Feeder in their underrated heyday.
Great Lake Swimmers
Tuesday 11th December
2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. The CBC has called them “a national treasure” while their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper.
+ Harry James playing records in the main bar til 3am
Wednesday 12th December
As lead singer of The Duke Spirit Liela Moss was an arresting, powerful presence. Now working as a solo artist, she has retained that intensity, but opted to express it in some rather different directions on new album ‘My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth’.
Out on November 9th, it was largely constructed in Somerset, with the beautiful English countryside acting as an appropriately inspirational backdrop to the recordings.
New song ‘Wild As Fire’ is online, with its dappled psychedelic qualities matched to an intimate vocal from Leila.
+ Marco Pierre White Christmas in the club // Alex Amoros playing records in the main bar til 3am
+ Sit Down + I Doris
Thursday 13th December
Indie popstars with a spangly brand new album, ‘Don’t Look’, on Banquet Records
OMG-loud power duo from Brighton.
“Feminist post-punk delivered with a fun DIY attitude and heaps of humour … I, Doris are hilarious, thoroughly entertaining and ready to take the patriarchy on one gig at a time.” – Soundblab
Plus DJs and Christmas Magic* more!
+ DJs in the club // Lias Fat Whites + Oli Yak playing records in the main bar
+ Cyanide Pills + Backstreet Abortion
Friday 14th December
“Just the word “Skinhead” evokes troubling connotations. Aux.Out. contributor Sam Lefebvre argues that Hark Skin’s satirical take on the Oi! genre, featuring all-female guest vocalists like Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane, asks for not only Oi!, but all art to be considered on its own terms.
+ White Heat indie disco in the club // Marek playing 80s goth bangers in the main bar til 4am
Wednesday 19th December
An old-fashioned storyteller blessed with a rare gift for melody and mood, the Scotsman was an important early member of the Fife-based Fence Collective, a loose collection of like-minded artists which also includes KT Tunstall, King Creosote and Lone Pigeon among its alumni. Roaring The Gospel, Yorkston’s fourth album, may be comprised of EP tracks, overseas releases and new material, but unlike some collections of this type, the quality on offer here is consistently high.
+ Lucie Grace playing pop bangers in the club // Faye playing records in the main bar til 3am
+ Don’t Problem
Thursday 20th December
Tigercats are a Kalimba-led psychedelic pop band from East London. 2018 saw them release their third album, ‘Pig City’, via El Segell del Primavera, since when they’ve been holed up in the studio working on new material to be debuted this winter.
+ Marco Pierre White Christmas playing bangers in the club // Charlie MVPs playing records in the bar til 4am
+ Simon Love + L.A Peach
Saturday 22nd December
It’s a Christmas SPECTACULAR with Helen Love and Simon Love! Also feat. L.A. Peach and DJs. This is Helen Love’s only London show of 2018!
+ Pop Never Dies Upstairs // Simon Love playing records in the bar til 4am
Fear of a Friend Festival – Max Bloom (Yuck)
+ Hollow Gold + Kadialy Kouyaté + SISU (female/non-binary DJ crew)
Sunday 30th December
FOAF (Friend Of A Friend) Fest will be breaking up the slump between Christmas and New Year with a day of live music and good company at The Lexington.
NEW YEAR’S EVE!
31st December 2018
Taking over both floors of the Lexington we’ll be playing the best indie, new wave, post-punk, leftfield-pop, new romantic and 80s bangers as well as some NYE worthy party starters that have been lingering in our ears from the last few years!
See in the year of our lord 2019 with us!
Expect to hear party tunes alongside the usual Tame Impala // Maccabees // Arctic Monkeys // Talking Heads // Joy Division // LCD Soundsystem // Hot Chip // The Strokes // MØ // Warpaint // Modest Mouse // Blur // Fleetwood Mac // The XX // Blossoms // New Order // Nirvana // Iggy Pop // The Cure // Daft Punk // Justice // The Postal Service // Soft Cell // The Clash // Goat // The Rapture // Eurythmics // Bowie // DEVO // Mystery Jets // Prince // White Stripes and anything else leftfield and fun!