Summer is here in all it’s stormy glory! But that doesn’t mean we haven’t got the slushie machine out and have been enjoying some of the best frozen margaritas in town! Take a look at our pick of the best shows coming up this month and come by for a few jars. Don’t forget you can also get 10% off food courtesy of our kitchen pop up Goneburger with an advance ticket!
The Night Shift: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
+ Dream Logic
Monday 4th June
Join Matthew Truscott and the band for a night of Mendelssohn’s string quintets.
For the first time we’re heading to one of North London’s hidden gems, The Lexington in Angel. It’s a retro-themed bar with a mind-boggling whisky selection, and just so happens to be one of the best small venues in London.
We’re very excited to have Dream Logic in support with a string trio. His emotive compositions will be right up your street if you like Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory for the Sullen et al.
+ Crack Cloud + Mush
Wednesday 6th June
Leeds three-piece Drahla are an anomaly: brazenly committed to doing things their own way, the band’s sound is somewhat at odds with the current musical landscape, negating layered, fuzz-pedal driven psychedelia in favour of a kind of innovative post-punk that draws from the parentage of Wire and The Fall in their prime, in part thanks to a propensity for enormous hooks and potent bass-lines, but mainly because of an ability to subvert conventions and take it somewhere new.
Kara Marni + Tiana Major9 + Olivia Nelson
Thursday 7th June
Delicious soul with a sprinkling of pop, Kara Marni is a standout. And BBC Introducing are bringing the songbird to The Lexington for a live lesson in meaningful melodies. With a back catalogue of RnB soaked introspect and a live show practiced on tour with Rita Ora, catch her before she shoots to the top.
+ Black Midi
Monday 11th June
“The wiry Atlanta, Ga. rock trio Omni sells its nervous energy as a logical way of dealing with the world. Where other bands might smooth things out, Omni finds angles and sharp turns.” – Pitchfork
‘Selhurst band worth risking permanent hearing damage for. With a scarce online presence, these new London upstarts want to be seen live.’
Tuesday 12th June
“Your new fave LA punk band Moaning have just signed to Sub-Pop” – Line of Best Fit
” The band are set to release their self-titled debut album next March, and have shared its roaring opening track ‘Don’t Go’ with a new video. The track that the band fully formed as a result of, ‘Don’t Go’ is an abrasive, thrilling introduction that points towards a debut album without boundaries or limitations.” – DIY
Wednesday June 13th
‘Self Control’, which channels White Stripes and AM-era Arctic Monkeys via the ‘70s-inflected rock of Jefferson Airplane, is the playful and self assured debut from LION aka Beth Lowen. The single sees LION’s ferocious, Janis Joplin-esque rasp of a voice acknowledge her own inability to deal with confrontation and offering a ‘sorry not sorry’ apology.
Linda Perry, who’s worked with the likes of Courtney Love, Adele and P!nk, was impressed by Lowen, and ended up using her song ‘Joyride’ on a soundtrack she curated for documentary Served Like A Girl and has since started working with the 24 year old.
The single comes off the back of a busy start to the year for LION. Without releasing any music she’s already garnering support from her husky but powerful live sets, with support slots for Albert Hammond Jnr, and The Vaccines, touring with Isaac Gracie, as well as recently announced GIRLI. She also performed at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas and will be performing at The Great Escape in May.
+ Yassassin + Vulgarians
Thursday 14th June
Soaked in belligerent energy and fire-fused delivery, if there’s one thing these Hull lads have, it’s clear passion. With their recent album, Popular Music, featuring eleven songs, you’d think they’d need some time to slow down right? Wrong. Each track as static as it’s predecessor, imagine 80’s Californian punk mixed with Oasis streaks.
The Fallen Women
Friday 15th June
It’s happening again!
Screw yr courage to the sticking place and fire up those vocal cords – all-female live Fall karaoke band The Fallen Women are once again inviting you to come and have a go if you think you’re MES enough! All are welcome, from seasoned performers to those who’ve never been on stage before or even sung a note. We provide lyric sheets if you want them, and compere Matt will be on hand to help you with any tricky cues.
Pick from a repertoire of 30 songs including Totally Wired, Touch Sensitive, Rowche Rumble, Blindness, Theme From Sparta FC #2 and Big New Prinz (full list can be found on Twitter: @thefallenwomen).
As in December, half the songs will be released beforehand and half will be held back to be issued on a first come, first served basis at the gig.
+ Ye Nuns + Thee Dagger Debs
THE FUZILLIS…. one word instr-o-mentals, rowdy saxes, raunchy guitars, and a wallet full of atomic age twist and grind a go-go tunes.
Where Link Wray and Las Vegas Grind collide with Grady Gaines’ Upsetters and The Fabulous Wailers by way of Nick Curran and Spike Jones
YE NUNS – launch their new limited 7″ single on State Records (I Don’t Want To Do This Again/Don’t Worry) with a party gig at the Lexington “All female Monks tribute band Ye Nuns are fantastic. Way better than any obsolescent nu-garage rock revolution group I’ve ever seen.” The Quietus
An all-girl celebration of The Monks, proto-krautrock garage punkers formed by a gang of American GIs stationed in Germany who legendarily sported tonsures and nooses on stage.
Ye Nuns send witchy, six-part harmonies crashing over scratchy guitars, layer on evil fuzz bass and add pounding drums. Lead vocals screech and soar. Electric banjo hacks relentlessly. Vintage keyboard sounds stab. Yet it’s still music that puts grins on faces and gets feet moving.
THEE DAGGER DEBS are three girls brought together by their love of 60s garage and British R’n’B, pub rock and proto punk. The Pirates (with Johnny Kidd and without), Eddie and the Hot Rods, Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, Hurriganes, Count Bishops, MC5, Thin Lizzy, Slade and The Stranglers -to name a few- always feature heavily in their record boxes.
+ Conjurer + Itoldyouiwouldeatyou + Fresh
Friday 22nd June
Following tours of the UK and Europe with Creeper, Milk Teeth and Kamikaze Girls, Nervus will be headlining The Lexington in London on 22nd June, with support from the incredible Conjurer, itoldyouiwouldeatyou and ______.
Their new album ‘Everything Dies‘ is available now on Big Scary Monsters records. Limited tickets available.
“…with such a deft grasp of songwiring, Nervus occupy a field of their own here .” Kerrang!
Saturday 23rd June
From LA, unsurprisingly, this new trio combine surf rock riffs with gothic charm and an uncompromising vicious bite. Like a darker, more destructive Dum Dum Girls, tracks like Drive Your Car err on the side of Sonic Youth’s Death Valley era volatility.
Simon Love and The Old Romantics
+ The School Buzzard
Friday 29th June
The launch party for new LP “Sincerely, S. Love x” (out on Tapete Records July 6) with Simon Love and the Old Romantics, The School (playing their only London show of 2018) and the fantastic Buzzard.