Charles Watson (Slow Club)
Tuesday 2nd October
Charles Watson – half of indie duo Slow Club and member of garage pop supergroup The Surfing Magazines – presents material from his debut solo outing, Now That I’m A River.
Using some of his own fiction writing as a starting point for the lyrics, it’s a literary journey, taking inspiration from themes in JG Ballard’s Hello America. It’s in part an exploration of Watson’s enduring fascination with traditional harmony singing, as he layers samples of his own voice to create a woozily enthralling atmosphere. But his pop sensibilities remain throughout, as his tranquil lo-fi songwriting is filtered through amp fuzz.
Wednesday 3rd October
“Its ghostly instrumentation and measured pace distort your sense of time in a manner similar to stark classics like Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain.” Pitchfork
“…a piercing, insightful collection of songs that incorporates the arid, sparse landscape of the Texas desert she calls home and creates a beautiful unresolved tension as she fights becoming too comfortable in it.” Stereogum
“Minimal, throbbing banjo and electric guitar serve as the bed for Williamson’s Leonard Cohen-meets-Lorde confessionals. It’s easy to see her continuing in the footsteps of one-time Austin resident Joanna Newsom.” Dazed
“All of Williamson’s songs have an ominous tension, like a dark cloud that threatens but never brings the relief of rain.” Pitchfork
BBC Introducing Presents
Adam French + James Gillespie + Lauran Hibberd
Thursday 4th October
October Drift + Novacub
Friday 5th October
October Drift: ‘Bellowing bluster of guitars and thumping instrumentation that should act as a vehement and fully-charged bridge in to wherever they might head next’ – Gold Flake Paint
Novacub: Louise Bartle spent her formative years as a session drummer for pop heavyweights like Selena Gomez and Eliza Doolittle before being scooped up to join Bloc Party in 2015 (at the age of 21). Having landed the Bloc gig, Louise often killed time on the road by honing her songwriting skills and vocal chops, which caught the attention of guitarist Russell Lissack.
Once off the road, the pair enlisted sticksman Tony Alda and bassist/harpist Iona Thomas – and Novacub was born. Having put up several demos on YouTube on SoundCloud, Novacub drew immediate attention and adulation – landing a record deal after only a few months. With their first official release set for early 2019, now is the time to get in on Novacub early…
+ The Telescopes + Andreas Doran + Simon Love
Sunday 7th October
D.C.FECK, M.J.TAYLOR, R.EVANS, K.ISHIKAWA, J.SLADE, A-L.GG, ETC ETC play Punk/ Soul/ Psychedelic/ Country/ Indie/ Krautrock
“A Battle between the desire to be nihilistic and the innate gift for a tune that refuses to be suppressed” // The Quietus
More than two decades after he rose to the top of the German pop scene, Andreas Dorau continues to be one of Germany’s top vocalists. His single, “Girls in Love,” featuring English lyrics, became an international hit in 1998, topping the pop charts in Belgium.
Playing guitar since childhood, Dorau was barely in his teens when he released his debut single, “The Laughing Pope.” He wrote his first hit, “Fred vom Jupiter” (Fred from Jupiter), as a classroom exercise. Originally credited to the fictitious group die Doraus & die Marinas, it became an international pop hit in late 1982.
Toward the end of the 1980s, Dorau released several obscure house tracks as Van Gogh Posse and the Picasso Melody Five.
If you’re thinking of buying just one magnificent pop disc in 2018, you need look no further: I give you, ladies and gentlemen, SIMON FUCKING LOVE! (“The Ballad Of Simon Love”).
Say Sue Me
Monday 8th October
Say Sue Me are a Surf inspired Indie-Rock/Pop act from Busan, South Korea and cited as one of 2018’s ‘break-out bands’.
Three tracks were playlisted on BBC 6Music where Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Don Letts have championed the band as well as Elton John on Beats1 and KEXP.
GQ Korea “The most famous Korean Indie band in the world”
NPR “…jangly indie-pop, handclap-rich girl-group classics and the lightly rumbling sounds of early surf-rock. At once stylish and timeless…”
MTV “…your new favorite indie rock band from Korea!”
Pitchfork “…its vibrant and catchy instrumentation does so much work, “Old Town” suggests less the ache of being alone in a city than it does the tingly feeling that accompanies a life-changing milestone.”
Billboard “…with a growing buzz surrounding their jangly single, “Old Town,” Korean indie quartet Say Sue Me is on the up-and-up…”
The Fader “Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.”
Bandcamp Daily “…an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill… Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm.”
Wednesday 10th October
Yorkshire alt-pop pairing Litany are the kids who never grew up.
Jake Nicolaides (production) and Beth Cornell (vocals) met while at high school in Harrogate, and those initial adolescent thrills fuel their deliriously infectious music.
Last year’s EP ‘4 Track’ was a superb introduction, matching precocious vocals to thrilling arrangements that matched teenage bravado to adult precision.
New single ‘Call On Me’ is another Millennium throwback, referencing everything from VHS tapes to hadouken (the computer game move, not the nu-rave band…).
The Vryll Society
+ Peach Fuzz
Thursday 11th October
Liverpool psychedelic rockers The Vryll Society announce the arrival of their eagerly anticipated debut album Course Of The Satellite, due for release 10th August via Deltasonic Records.
Early Tame Impala vibes, but they know their way around a meaty pop chorus” – NME
“A swirl of catchy yet cosmic guitar licks and driving percussion topped off with a sing-along, anthemic chorus” – DIY
“Melodic, guitar-fuelled indie” – The Line Of Best Fit
+ Dennis Kalla
Monday 15th October
inland’s biggest and most successful indie band Satellite Stories hail from the northern outpost of Oulu. The band formed in 2008 comprise of members Esa Mankinen (Vocals, Guitar) Marko Heikkinen (Lead Guitar) Jyri Pesonen (Bass) Olli Pekka Ervasti, (Drums). The band have released until now 4 full studio albums. The debut Phrases to Break the Ice in 2012. Followed up by the sophomore release in 2013 Pine Trails then 2015´s Vagabonds and most recently the band´s 4th studio album Young Detectives. This short journey has seen the band gain tens of millions of streams worldwide, appearing at over 300 Headline Shows and Festivals in no less than 17 countries over 3 continents. September 2018 will see the band´s 5th and final studio album entitled “Cut Out The Lights”
+ USA Nails
Wednesday 17th October
They make a horrible, disjointed racket with songtitles like Sex Weirdos and Shiny Pants and they have one of the best band names of all time. What’s not to like?
This follow-up to the Belgian scamps’ 2015 debut is another ridiculously invigorating blast of noise-punk chaos, recorded and mixed by Steve Albini and done and dusted within 22 frantic minutes. Vocalist Aurélie is the star of the show, with a high-pitched yelp that will delight Melt-Banana fans and annoy the merry fuck out of everyone else.
Meanwhile, her comrades serve up short, vicious songs that teeter on the brink of collapse while getting right up in your face, spraying you with feedback and spittle. Songs like Sport Things – 96 seconds of demented thrash-punk that sounds like it could’ve been made up on the spot – are small, mischievous acts of rebellion, with bizarre hooks emerging from the melee like Molotov cocktails lobbed from the heart of a rioting mob. In Belgium.
+ Lower Slaughter
Friday 19th October
Crushing Electronics and Drum Duo, High Octane Party Bangers to the max!
Saturday 20th October
Prior to their second full-length “Calendar” (2012), Motorama was a wonderfully kept secret. From the port city of Rostov-On-Don, Southern Russia, the band was producing a Manchester-inspired cold wave, icy and hypnotic. Icy but not frozen, hypnotic but awake.
Before long, their compositions gained in clarity, lyricism and assurance: the prominent rock of their first recordings now opening its doors to a romantic and melodic pop.
+ Black Mekon
Saturday 27th October
Japanese rock band King Brothers played a house party in Hackney Wick a couple of years back and it was absolute madness. They’re back in London to take on The Lexington and it’s sure to be a wild one. They’ve been banned from venues in Osaka because their live shows get so destructive… watch this space.
Tuesday 30th October
It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Formed last year by friends in Malmö, the band released an EP in July with PNKSLM Recordings, earning them comparisons ranging from The Pretenders to Alvvays. They then released their full length debut ‘You Tried’, proclaimed by Gorilla Vs. Bear to be their favourite album of 2017 so far, citing frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s “gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” An assured and consistent record, ‘You Tried’ blends jangle with grit.
Soft Kill + Sad Lovers & Giants
Wednesday 31st October
Portland, Oregon’s SOFT KILL began in 2010 by releasing one of the most highly regarded post punk albums of the last ten years “An Open Door”. Their fourth album “Choke” is scheduled for release on Nov 4th via Profound Lore Records. Founding member Tobias Sinclair (ex-Blessure Grave) joins Conrad Vollmer (Warm Hands) on guitar, drummer Maximillion Avalon (Chromatics, Antioch Arrow, Get Hustle, Atriarch) and Owen Glendower on synths.
The eight song suite “Choke” comes on the heels of 2015’s sophomore effort “Heresy” which was seen as a much more claustrophobic and oppressive album than “An Open Door”. “Choke” by contrast, incorporates a greater depth of songwriting, texture and melody. Soft Kill has discovered a depth of invention and creativity with “Choke”, vast and engaging in scope leaving the listener with an enduring and melancholic bliss. Warm, confident with lush guitars, “Choke” teems with melodic songs, generating urgency and vitality, elevating all that is potent in post punk, building impressively on their previous output. “Choke” is the culmination of years spent perfecting a unique sound, crafted and haunting songwriting that places Soft Kill firmly in the canon of the genre.
*Free Alternative Halloween Post-Punk-Disko downstairs after bands until 2am! (Bands curfew 11pm)