ES GIG ON SAT 4TH JUNE

Es headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 4th June.

Support comes from Adult Nephew at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

London quartet Es first emerged back in 2016 when they released their break-out EP, Object Relations on the influential punk label, La Vida Es Un Mus. The record was well enough received to earn them a spot touring with the Thurston Moore Group, and also catch the attention of Upset The Rhythm, with whom the band teamed up for their 2020 debut album, Less of Everything.

Recorded with Sauna Youth’s Lindsay Corstorphine, Less of Everything is a record that feels like a manifesto, a clarion call to re-think ideas of excess both in music and in the world at large. At the heart of Es’ sound is the dynamic between Katy Cotterell’s bass and Flora Watters’ keyboard, the duo combining with Tamsin M. Leach’s precise drum rhythms to create something minimal, dynamic and delightfully intense. Atop it all is the sheer presence of vocalist Maria Cecilia Tedemalm, her sharp, probing voice perfectly delivering her complex lyrical pronouncements, a brilliant combination of drama and sincerity that’s a thrilling delight.

Adult Nephew are a band formed from three late-20 somethings’ love for the noise rock of Sonic Youth, the rhythms of Talking Heads, and the melodic sensibilities of XTC. Adult Nephew will inspire you to exhale a large “Phew!”, as you realise that the adults are taking the stage, and they have all your wildest post-punk dreams covered.

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 4TH JUNE

We’re back on Saturday 4th June with a David Bowie Special at The Victoria.

Our guest DJ is Finn Kidd from Hatcham Social. Except to hear the best from Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Young Americans, Low, “Heroes”, Lodger, Let’s Dance and more.

We’ll be playing David Bowie alongside post-punk, indiepop, new wave and art rock music.

A New Career In a New Town . Absolute Beginners . Ashes to Ashes . Be My Wife . Beauty and the Beast . Blue Jean . Boys Keep Swinging . Breaking Glass . Changes . China Girl . D.J . Diamond Dogs . Drive-In Saturday . Fame . Fantastic Voyage . Fashion . Golden Years . “Heroes” . The Jean Genie . John, I’m Only Dancing . Let’s Dance . Life on Mars? . The Man Who Sold the World . Modern Love . Moonage Dream . Oh! You Pretty Things . Queen Bitch . Rebel Rebel . Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) . Sorrow . Sound and Vision . Space Oddity . Starman . Station to Station . Suffragette City . TVC15 . V-2 Schneider . Watch That Man . Young Americans . Ziggy Stardust

Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.

ADWAITH GIG ON TUES 5TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Adwaith on Tuesday 5th July at Moth Club.

Support comes from Cerys Hafana and tickets are on sale at DICE.

From Carmarthen to the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, Adwaith’s upcoming album Bato Mato is a record about journeys, and the similarities and differences we find along the way. A life-changing trip to the bracingly cold city of Ulan-Ude in East Siberia took them racing past, “barren landscape and brutalist architecture”, the experience seeping into the record as they attempted to create something, “as big as the limitless sky around us there”.

While the band’s debut album Melyn – which won the prestigious Welsh Music Prize in 2019 – was a musical bildungsroman, dreaming of the possibilities of adulthood, Bato Mato looks in the mirror and sees stark reality biting. Matching Hollie Singer’s explorative lyrics, which yearn for a simple life and “a place to call my own”, Adwaith’s songs constantly shift and evolve, searching for a steady pulse that never sticks. Loose and jam-like in structure, the band were heavily influenced by the psychedelic sense of foreboding conjured by late-’60s krautrock bands Can and NEU!

Cerys Hafana is a musician from Machynlleth. She plays arrangements of Welsh folk tunes and songs, alongside original compositions on the triple harp and piano. Cerys is also a member of Avanc and released her debut solo album, Cwmwl, in 2020. She has also appeared on the TV show Curadur (Curator), wrote an essay on Welsh music and identity which was featured in the book Welsh (Plural), and recently recorded a live session at the BBC Maida Vale studios with Horizons Cymru.

EX-VÖID GIG ON FRI 15TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Ex-Vöid on Friday 15th July at The Ivy House.

Support comes from Hot Puds and Eli Vor and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Ex-Vöid were formed back in 2018 by Alanna McArdle and Owen “O” Williams from the Welsh Music Prize-winning punk group Joanna Gruesome. The band have since expanded to their current four-piece line-up and have already shared stages with the likes of Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz.

With their fantastic self-titled EP released in 2018, and followed up by the single, “Only One”, the band have drawn comparison to the likes of The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub with their winning blend of melody and jangle. The band recently released their debut album, Bigger Than Before, out on Don Giovanni Records and Prefect Records, featuring the singles “Churchyard” and “No Other Way”.

Eli Vor is a shifting musical project influenced by the loud and the quiet, the light and the dark, the weight and the weightless. Anchored by the songs and singing of London-based multi-instrumentalist Oliver Catt (Fantasy Rainbow, Orpine), Eli Vor uses the inhale and the exhale to explore what it means to be alive at the end of history.

ANNIE TAYLOR GIG ON SAT 1ST OCT

Annie Taylor headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 1st October.

You can get your free tickets at DICE.

Based out of Zürich, Switzerland, Annie Taylor formed back in 2016. After a series of singles and well-received 2019 EP, the band’s sound shifted away from the rock-tinged pop into what they describe as “grunge psychedelic-rock”. The band’s progress was showcased on their 2020 debut album, Sweet Mortality, a record about “realising how fragile life is and appreciating a beautiful moment.”

Having shared stages with the likes of L.A. Witch and FEWS, as well as performing a string of festivals across Europe, the band have become a potent live force, merging old favourites with an exciting hint of their upcoming second album.

PETE ASTOR GIG ON SAT 5TH NOV

Pete Astor headlines the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 5th November.

Support comes from lilo at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

Pete Astor is a singer and songwriter. He was the frontman in The Loft and The Weather Prophets on Creation Records. From the beginning they helped to establish the feel and sound of the label. Have a look at David Cavanagh’s My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize for the full story. A more mythic version comes courtesy of Danny Boyle in his film Creation Stories.

After the break-up of those bands he made solo records before switching to making more electronic music, forming The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound, singing to Matador and Heavenly respectively. In the 2000s he started making solo records again for a variety of labels: Hal’s Eggs for Static Caravan, Songbox for Second Language, Spilt Milk for Fortuna POP!

In 2017 he signed to Tapete releasing One For the Ghost backed by The Wave Pictures. You Made Me, an album of covers, followed in 2020 as well as his spoken word project The Attendant. He is set to release his new single “English Weather” in October followed by his new album Time on Earth.

Though London-based duo lilo have only recently emerged, theirs is a bond that runs a decade deep. Christie Gardner and Helen Dixon met at school aged 11, and from that day forward have forged an unshakeable creative bond. Their debut EP, Sleep Country, released early 2022, was built on crystallised moments of calm and contemplation. Over the five tracks that make up the EP, Christie and Helen explore new perspectives on love and friendship, often through the frame of loss. Despite this, the tone remains distinctly hopeful, choosing to treasure the small things in the face of larger sadness.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #126

Our new music podcast is back with our pick of the best 20 tracks from the past month.

The Bug Club release their fantastic new single “Lay Down Your Roses” out now on Bingo Records.

“The Rip” is the second track to be lifted from the forthcoming Porridge Radio album and Wet Leg continue their world dominance with “Ur Mum” alongside “The Rhythm” from Hatchie.

Interpol are back with their first album in four years with The Other Side of Make-Believe and we have the lead track “Toni”.

Ailsa Tully puts out the wonderful “Mothering” and Field Glass preview their debut LP with the majestic “Gardens”.

Father John Misty returns with “Kiss Me (I Loved You)” and we have “All My Mountains” from Charles Watson’s second album out on Moshi Moshi Records.

Langkamer release the standalone “Soul Bucket” and we have new material from Friendship, Holy Now, Tallies and Japanese Television.

Also on the podcast there’s Oceanator, Best Breakfast, Raavi, Naima Bock, Wyldest and Advance Base.

You can support the podcast and the artists featured by subscribing to our Mixcloud Select page.

CLUB DATES

The club plays post-punk, indiepop, new wave and art rock music and is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria and the third Saturday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms in London. We also host club nights in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton.

Those who have guest DJed at the club include former professional footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince and Elis James, broadcasters Gideon Coe and Colin Murray, writers Jon Ronson and Pete Paphides and poet laureate Simon Armitage.

Bands who have DJed include Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, Franz Ferdinand, Public Service Broadcasting, Pond, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Teleman, Veronica Falls, The Goon Sax, Penelope Isles, Girl Ray, Slow Club, Big Joanie, Summer Camp and more.

UPCOMING DATES

Saturday 4th June // David Bowie Special // Tickets

Saturday 18th June // TBA // Tickets

Saturday 16th July // Guest DJ Elis James // Tickets

Saturday 20th August // Guest DJs Superorganism // Tickets

Friday 9th December // Guest DJs Pictish Trail // Tickets

GIG DATES

We promote gigs across London with the best new and established artists at venues such as Moth Club, St Matthias Church, The Lexington, The Shacklewell Arms, St Pancras Old Church and Sebright Arms. We also have a monthly residency at The Victoria with a focus on new bands.

Artists that have played at our shows include bdrmm, The Wave Pictures, Adwaith, Withered Hand, Peaness, Darren Hayman, Ex-Vöid, Sweet Baboo, Laetitia Sadier, Allo Darlin’, Rozi Plain, The Spook School, Tigercats, Standard Fare, GHUM, Stanley Brinks, Molly Linen and many more.

UPCOMING DATES

Saturday 4th June // Es + Adult Nephew // Free

Tuesday 5th July // Adwaith + Cerys Hafana // Tickets

Friday 15th July // Ex-Vöid + Hot Puds + Eli Vor // Tickets

Saturday 1st October // Annie Taylor // Free

Saturday 5th November // Pete Astor + lilo // Free

Saturday 26th November // Paolo Ruiu // Free