ovember 2019 at The Lexington aka Countdown to Armageddon on 12th December.
Monday 4th November
Gifted with a unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feel fresh and wholly her own, with her new album Putting On Airs (2018, Single Lock Records), Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Both lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day. According to Rae, “this album was born out of a need to do some healing work in my personal life, in order to address some fears and patterns of mine to allow my true feelings to come to the surface.”
+ Ghost Car
Tuesday 5th November
There’s an enclave of the punk world where the music still sounds like an austere distillation of America’s forlorn dream. It’s the sound of an old jukebox spinning a Ronettes 45 through a broken speaker, the kid in the garage figuring out the 1-4-5 progression on guitar, the thump of the kick drum banging in 4/4 time through a dilapidated PA.
LA’s SadGirl sound a lot those early American punks—the miscreants that preceded the nihilists. Their songs sound more rooted in the wake of Motor City soul and Pacific Northwest surf rock than in the formula laid out by The Ramones, but there is still something in their reverb-and-tremolo pop that feels like a reminder of America’s decay.
+ Holiday Ghosts
Wednesday 6th November
The pleasure of finding something new in what we already know. The strange face of someone close. The outsider we all carry inside. The unexplored path in our usual location. A secret, a hiding place, a surprise. This is what Juan Pablo brings us. He’s the persona that Juan Wauters embodies to tell another side of his story. Not long ago, Wauters released La Onda de Juan Pablo, an album that allowed him to reinvent himself and start writing a separate chapter in his exciting career. Now, as a companion and as a prequel, he releases Introducing Juan Pablo. Introducing… is a bit timeless: at the time the album was made, Wauters left it on stand-by. That’s why its title emphasizes it origin: to present Juan Pablo and, simultaneously, to reveal his inner journey.
Lion + Friedberg + Mealtime
BBC Music Introducing are back at The Lexington for another showcase of breaking UK talent, catch three up and comers in the intimacy of our 200 cap venue before they’re playing stadiums.
LION has a way with tunes. And with a belting, nape-tickling vocal that can hit both the bluesy depths and the soulful heights.
Born on a road-trip across America as a soundtrack to Keroac’s On the Road, Friedberg Music’s 4-piece, all-girl live show is set to take over international stages throughout 2019, with a sound that leans in to its rock inspired roots whilst maintaining an unforgettable pop edge.
Mealtime are the Manchester-based six-piece splashing a cotton candy coloured hue on to the grimy indie scene.
Friday 8th November
Worry Dolls are a young female duo who met in Liverpool at an open mic night when they were 18, both red heads with guitars, on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Their great chemistry and love of harmony led them to starting a contemporary bluegrass band playing Nickel Creek & Alison Krauss songs. Paired for an opportunity to have their songwriting critiqued by Paul McCartney, they were inspired to join forces as Worry Dolls and could now be described with an almost telepathically linked songwriting force.
+ Sans Soucis
Monday 11th November
Hackney raised singer, songwriter and musician Amahla taps into an era before her time to create vintage-inspired Soul music. After releasing her debut single ‘Old Soul’ which received support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra and 6Music, Amahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding female songwriters. Amahla rounded off 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians fund for her exceptional voice. Since, Amahla released her critically acclaimed EP ‘Consider This’ and over the course of the year has gained tremendous support from music press with impressive features and reviews from The 405, The Line of Best Fit, Complex UK, Bandcamp, Earmilk and more.
“She possesses the vocal ability to knock your ears clean off your head.. but instead puts all the focus and effort into the subject matter, using her singing ability as a vehicle for her stories” – Earmilk
+ Hi Hawaii
Tuesday 12th November
TaxiWars is the result of a wayward and intensive collaboration between dEUS frontman Tom Barman and saxophone player Robin Verheyen. A mixture of loose ideas and jams found their way into what became TaxiWars. JazzNotJazz, Spoken Word, Songs, Rap, Parlando, you name it. Come again, Blakey vs Gainsbourg? MC 900 ft Jesus meets Miles?
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Wednesday 13th November
“The new album is complete fire – right in the moment.” Gilles Peterson
Strut presents the brand new album from cosmic jazz travellers The Pyramids, led by saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, ’An Angel Fell’. “I wanted to use folklore, fantasy and drama as a warning bell,” explains Ackamoor. “The songs explore global themes that are important to me and to us all: the rise of catastrophic climate change and our lack of concern for our planet, loss of innocence and separation… but positive themes too, the healing power of music, collective action and the simple beauty of nature.”
The Pyramids originally came together in 1972 at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio where teachers included renowned pianist, Cecil Taylor. After forming in Paris and embarking on a “cultural odyssey” across Africa, the group recorded three independent albums, ‘Lalibela’ (1973), ‘King Of Kings’ (1974) and ‘Birth / Speed / Merging’ (1976) and became renowned for their striking live shows, mixing percussive, spiritual and space-age jazz with performance theatre and dance. After migrating to San Francisco, they disbanded in 1977. 35 years later, the band reunited in 2012 following growing demand for their music from vinyl collectors. German label Disko B released the freeform album ‘Otherwordly’ and in 2016, they released their first album for Strut, the acclaimed ‘We Be All Africans’.
Thursday 14th November
+ Jesuits + Iron Wolves
Synth-punk Icelanders Kælan Mikla are heading to The Lexington and bringing their clinically cold sounds to London. Their music dangles both in avant-punk poetry and drifting, dreaming darkwave, but who blend them in a manner that is both eccentric and electrifying.
Tones and I
Friday 15th December
Australian musician Tones and I is climbing charts across the world with her latest track Dance Monkey, reaching number one in the UK.
Within the first 30 seconds of Tones and I’s music video for Dance Monkey, you get a sense of the kind of artist she is: a force to be reckoned with and the kind of voice that forces you to sit up and take notice.
The track has enjoyed huge success on Australia’s ARIA Singles Chart; she’s the first female artist to land a chart-topper in the country since Delta Goodrem in 2015. Currently enjoying its thirteenth consecutive week at Number 1, Dance Monkey claims the record for most weeks at the top on the ARIA Singles Chart by an Australian female solo artist; breaking a 32 year record previously held by Kylie Minogue’s Locomotion (7 weeks)!
Saturday 16th November
“Think XTC, think early Human League, think Hot Chip or Metronomy – they neatly pick up the baton and run with it.” – CLASH
Clock Opera are back with new single ‘Be Somebody Else’ and they’re playing live for us at the Lexington.
Sunday 17th November
DESPERATE JOURNALIST are a post punk band, formed in North London. They consist of Jo Bevan (vocals), Simon Drowner (bass), Rob Hardy (guitar) and Caz Hellbent (drums). Lured together by fate and a fierce sense of what makes alternative music actually really bloody alternative they started their journey at the local Negative Creep grunge club night in Finsbury Park on February 23rd 2013 and have barely looked back since.
Propelled along by Rob Hardy’s startlingly lush guitar and empowered by frankly cracking hooklines from singer Jo Bevan both ‘Cedars’ and ‘Satellite’ catch the quartet honing their sensitive-yet-crushing alt.rock sound, relishing the old school DIY dynamics but never afraid to magic up a shiny modern melody or three.
Monday 18th November
Critically lauded southern gothic blues songwriter Adia Victoria brings her ‘Dope Queen’ tour to the Lexington on 18th November
Tuesday 19th November
Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic. Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream.
Wednesday 20th November
The second full-length from Joywave practically bursts at the seams with discomfort, a sharp contrast from the synth-pop band’s hallmark dance grooves. On 2015’s How Do You Feel Now?, Joywave’s proper debut after two mixtapes and two EPs—grooves came quantized, shiny, and pre-inflated for getting arenas full of people bouncing in place. This time, as much as the new material contains darker pockets, it’s still a world away from the sweaty intimacy of clubs, where spontaneity and human contact rule the day.
+ Saltwater Sun + Wyldest
Thursday 21st November
On Thursday 21st November Hand In Hive celebrates its 5th birthday with HAND IN 5IVE: a special show at The Lexington, London.
Setup in the summer of 2014, the label and management company welcomes Swimming Tapes, Saltwater Sun and Wyldest to one of the capitals best-loved indie music venues.
The night, presented by friends at The Line Of Best Fit, will be raising money and awareness for CALM, The Campaign Against Living Miserably who are leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
Approved by the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music and DIY Magazine and drawing on Real Estate and Teenage Fanclub, Swimming Tapes will bring their blissful brand of nostalgic indie-pop. Wyldest deliver dreamy shoegaze for fans of Beach House and Cocteau Twins, playing tracks from their 2019 debut album Dream Chaos, while Saltwater Sun, one of the original signings to the label and fresh from slots at Latitude and Isle Of Wight Festival, provide their brilliantly raucous live show to get the party started.
Entry is FREE with a £3 minimum charity donation to CALM on the door.
Monday 25th November
A band who need no introduction, playing new material and more ahead of a new album release and UK tour.
+ Middex + Adulkt Life + Oldboy
Wednesday 27th November
“Lo-fi Slowcore connoisseurs and pioneers of ritualised sleaze”, Brighton outfit Ezekiel Doo launch their brand new 7″ ‘Hallway Song’ at The Lexington.
“Channeling a variety of apparent influences – from early Dinosaur Jr and The Replacements, through Washington, D.C. hardcore to Louisville, K.Y. post-rock – the record’s eponymous composition exudes ethereal atmospheres of painful introspection prompted by a sense of inadequacy and alienation.” Tracks & Frames
MIDDEX is crude electronics and stark echoed vocal narratives. City music.
With two 7” releases and an LP “No Home” (on the Polytechnic Youth label) all long since sold out a cassette EP release is due in October 2019 (The Tapeworm) and a new album due in 2020.
k.o,d and arisen ! –too bruised for that good kissing “!
Adulkt life are too old- and too young, but full of love ,blood ,disappointment and rage !
Post-invasion !-we still got to fight –but also get to bed on time (and worry about what to eat )
Scrappy ,last gasp/ post hardcore with blurry gravity and kill rock star tattoos that “ouch” to rub !
They grew up ,or haven’t!?- just one more fight and nonsensical romance left in em !
Who’d be in a band at this point in 21st century politics /( over 100 years old )/it’s not even a question for these lifers and babies ,come and shake w/disbelief !
Adulkt Life is Chris (ex-Huggy Bear), John (ex-Male Bonding) and Sonny.
Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Showcase
Jesse Markin (FI) + Moyka (NO) + Elias (SE)
Thursday 28th November
Jesse Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. After releasing his debut single “Blood” in May 2018 Markin has quickly become the hottest name in the Finnish urban & indie music scene. Markin’s music is a unique mix of indie pop, hip hop, soul, r’n’b and African folk.
Growing up in the forests of Norway’s Hallingdal Valley, 21 year-old Monika Engeseth nursed the dream – or rather, the conviction – that she’d one day be creating music. But she couldn’t have predicted the intense, electronic landscapes she’d create for her debut EP: after just a few months working in the engine room of music production, the young artist has emerged as a one-woman pop factory.
Elias has fought to make music in his own way and on his own terms. Not to be pigeonholed where he does not belong. To create an album he is proud of and can support all the way. The result was the album “Entwined” which contains collaborations with the Grammy-winning producers Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Ray) and Fraser T Smith (Stormzy, Drake, Sam Smith) and Elias right hand partner HYENA (Janice, Shout Out Louds) and the close friends Humble & Blisse (Skott, Silvana Imam). The album comprises twelve songs, over three years of writing and thousands of hours in the studio – but above all is it Elias.
Sink Ya Teeth
Two Tribes + Jellyskin
Friday 29th November
Sink Ya Teeth’s step up to main stage dominance at Pohoda Festival in Slovakia this summer, alongside a number of other high-profile festival dates, has already become the stuff of legend. The post-punk/ dance duo from Norwich played a headline slot to 30,000 people.
Relentless touring last year off the back of their stellar debut record saw the duo feature heavily on anyone who’s anyone’s end of year album lists, including a nod for best record by 6music’s Amy Lamé.
This time around Sink Ya Teeth return to London with their highly anticipated second record in the bag, and a new single release imminent. After selling out their last show with us at Paper Dress Vintage earlier this year, the duo move their focus to The Lexington, in what will be an extremely special night for a band on the cusp of something extraordinary.
Brix & The Extricated
Saturday 30th November
Brix & The Extricated have announced a UK tour for autumn 2019 to promote their third studio album Super Blood Wolf Moon following on from their critically acclaimed albums Breaking State (2018) and Part 2 (2017).
Live the Extricated are multi dimensional with their hypnotic brutality conjoined with a delicate vulnerability. The band perform with a vital energy led by spellbinding front woman Brix Smith. They play with no restrictions and a sense of dangerous freedom in their live shows that is both boundary pushing and dimension smashing.