FIRESTATIONS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 12TH JAN

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits presents Firestations and The Great Electric on Friday 12th January at The Victoria.

Free entry gig followed by Scared To Dance: Pulp Special club night. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

This year is looking like a huge one for London five-piece Firestations. Freshly signed to The Pictish Trail’s Lost Map records, the band are set to release their new album The Year Dot. Recorded over three years in their own home studio in Walthamstow, it is very much a DIY-creation, but anything but a lo-fi one, the band’s attention to detail and obsession with finding the perfect sound creating a lush and absorbing listen.

The first new material since 2014’s debut Never Closer, The Year Dot is a record that refines and expands on Firestations’ shared musical vision. Starting with simple pop songs, the band add layers of drones, vocal harmonies, electronica and complex, intriguing rhythms, and create a sound entirely their own. Recent single “Build a Building” is a fine entry to Firestations’ world, a downbeat track about feeling like a cog in a wheel presented with a breezy pop melody and sun-drenched vocal harmonies. With support from Austin Town Hall, The Little Indie Blog and DIY among others, Firestations look on the verge of something very special.

Featuring alumni of bands as diverse as Kenickie, Hefner and Go-Kart Mozart, The Great Electric need little in the way of introduction. Formed back in the winter of 2012, the band recently release their self-titled debut album on the ever-reliable WIAIWYA imprint to critical acclaim. Their first new material in three years, since their debut EP for Static Caravan, it was time well spent on a beautifully crafted album.

The band’s sound is shaped by a shared love of classic German electronic and progressive acts of the 1970s coupled with the pop music sensibilities, hooks and production of 90s groups such as Stereolab, Quickspace, Pram and Electric Sound of Joy – or to quote most reviews they sound a bit like Neu!

THE TOP ALBUMS OF 2017

1. ALVVAYS – ANTISOCIALITES

Track Picks: “In Undertow”, “Plimsoll Punks”, “Lollipop (Ode to Jim)”
Label: Transgressive Records
Release Date: 8th September 2017
Listen: Spotify

2. PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – EVERY VALLEY

Track Picks: “Every Valley”, “People Will Always Need Coal”, “Progress”
Label: PIAS Recordings
Release Date: 7th July 2017
Listen: Spotify

3. THE SHINS – HEARTWORMS

Track Picks: “Name For You”, “Fantasy Island”, “Mildenhall”
Label: Columbia
Release Date: 10th March 2017
Listen: Spotify

4. FUTURE ISLANDS – THE FAR FIELD

Track Picks: “Ran”, “Cave”, “Shadows”
Label: 4AD
Release Date: 7th April 2017

Listen: Spotify

5. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – AMERICAN DREAM

Track Picks: “Oh Baby”, “Tonite”, “Call the Police”
Label: DFA Records
Release Date: 1st September 2017
Listen: Spotify

6. THE HORRORS – V

Track Picks: “Hologram”, “Machine”, “Something To Remember Me By”
Label: Caroline International
Release Date: 22nd September 2017
Listen: Spotify

7. LOS CAMPESINOS! – SICK SCENES

Track Picks: “I Broke Up in Amarante”, “The Fall of Home”, “5 Flucloxacillin”
Label: Wichita Recordings
Release Date: 24th February 2017
Listen: Spotify

8. DELAY TREES – LET GO

Track Picks: “Black Ice”, “Brightest Eyes”, “It’s Not Who You Are”
Label: Soliti Music
Release Date: 24th March 2017
Listen: Spotify

9. DARREN HAYMAN – THANKFUL VILLAGES VOLUME 2

Track Picks: “Cundall”, “Chantry”, “Cromwell”
Label: Rivertones
Release Date: 26th May 2017
Listen: Spotify

10. SACRED PAWS – STRIKE A MATCH

Track Picks: “Nothing”, “Everyday”, “Strike a Match”
Label: Rock Action Records
Release Date: 27th January 2017
Listen: Spotify

 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems EP
Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums – Better Friends

Butcher Boy – Bad Things Happen When It’s Quiet EP
Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Room 29
Deerful – Peach
Depeche Mode – Spirit
Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates – Folklore
Enderby’s Room – Enderby’s Room
Feist – Pleasure
Fever Dream – Squid

Girl Ray – Earl Grey
Wesley Gonzalez – Excellent Musician
The Hayman Kupa Band – The Hayman Kupa Band
The Just Joans – You Might Be Smiling Now
The Leaf Library – City In Reverse EP
Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
Ralegh Long – Upwards of Summer
Lyys – Darling Enemy EP
The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
The National – Sleep Well Beast

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure
Papernut Cambridge – Mellotron Phase: Volume 1
Peaness – Are You Sure? EP
PINS – Bad Thing EP
The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole
Sea Pinks – Watercourse
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
Sparks – Hippopotamus
Spinning Coin – Permo
Suggested Friends – Suggested Friends
The Surfing Magazines – The Surfing Magazines
Sweet Baboo – Wild Imagination
Teleman – Fünf EP
Tree Trunks – Big Rush EP
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Wire – Silver/Lead

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #75

We’re back with our December podcast featuring our pick of the 20 best songs from the past month.

Manic Street Preachers mark their comeback with the Yves Klein-inspired “International Blue” ahead of their thirteenth LP Resistance Is Futile.

The National’s most recent single from Sleep Well Beast is “Turtleneck” and we have the wonderful “Repeater” from Teleman.

Public Service Broadcasting released one of our albums of the year and we lift “People Will Always Need Coal” from that.

Club 8 return with “Swimming With the Tide” and we feature the debut release from Tigercats’ Laura K out now on Art Is Hard Records.

We have the latest from Field Music, Loma, Blush and Wylderness. Plus The Spook School are back with “Less Than Perfect” and so are The Just Joans and Belle and Sebastian.

Also on the podcast there’s Anna Burch, The Surfing Magazines, Lucy Dacus, First Aid Kit, The Clientele, Papernut Cambridge and The Perfect English Weather.

You can subscribe to our Mixcloud page for all of our monthly podcasts.

AVERAGE SEX GUEST DJ ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

We’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Victoria in Dalston! Tickets are now on sale. We advise you buy in advance as this is highly likely to sell out.

Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Our guest DJ is Finnigan Kidd from Average Sex. Finnigan DJed at the club earlier this year playing a brilliant set so we’re delighted to welcome him back. If you have any song requests for the night you can post them on the event wall.

We’ll be playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Best Coast . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

We have 20 early bird tickets on sale and then it’s the regular NYE price. You can buy them from WeGotTickets.

GIDEON COE GUEST DJS ON SAT 16TH DEC

We’re back at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on Saturday 16th December.

You can click going on the Facebook event before doors open to get on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJ is BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe. Gideon has been a regular at the club over the years and played a storming set earlier this year playing the likes of The Clash, Stereolab, Talking Heads, New Order, The Undertones, Belle and Sebastian, Gang of Four and The Pastels. You can listen to that playlist on our Spotify page. Song requests can be posted on the event wall.

We’ll be playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Best Coast . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

Our last night at The Shacklewell Arms sold out. To guarantee entry you can buy tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

WITHERED HAND GIG NIGHT ON SAT 16TH DEC

Scared To Dance presents Withered Hand and Papernut Cambridge on Saturday 16th December at The Shacklewell Arms.

Tickets can be bought from WeGotTickets. Full details can be found on the Facebook event. The gig is followed by Scared To Dance: Guest DJ Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music).

Withered Hand is the songwriting output of Dan Willson. A cult figure in the Scottish music scene since 2009, Willson has released two widely acclaimed albums, New Gods (2014) and Good News (2009) and several lo-fi EPs. He has recorded several BBC radio sessions and played various festivals as well as collaborating with the likes of King Creosote and Eugene Kelly. Currently working towards his third full-length album, Withered Hand continues to tour and play one-off dates in venues from concert halls to living rooms.

Papernut Cambridge is a collective based around Ian Button, formerly of Death in Vegas and Thrashing Doves. Onstage they are represented by Button and an ever-changing cast of musical friends including Darren Hayman, Jack Hayter, Ralegh Long, Robert Rotifer, Robert Halcrow, Citizen Helene and many others. They have released several albums on Gare du Nord Records.