WITHERED HAND GIG ON FRI 4TH FEB

Scared To Dance presents Withered Hand on Friday 4th February at Moth Club.

Support comes from Molly Linen and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who will be performing with a full band for this performance. Dan started writing songs and singing in his thirties during a period of reflection following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty. 

Alongside activity with his band, Dan is a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following. 2014 saw the release of his strident second album New Gods which propelled Withered Hand into the charts, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle and Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. 2017 heralded Among Horses EP – the result of a collaborative songwriting retreat in Spain. Dan is currently working on a new Withered Hand album, scheduled for release in 2022.

Molly Linen’s beguiling voice is both emotive yet serene, recalling the dulcet whispered tones of Cat Power, layered upon melodic fingerpicking guitar lines. For fans of This Is The Kit, Anne Briggs and Nick Drake. Molly has received radio support from BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Cerys Matthews, as well as BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart. Her new Days Awake EP is out now on Lost Map Records.

CRUSH GIG ON SAT 5TH FEB

crush headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 5th February.

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

A quartet based out of Manchester, crush describe their sound as heady and hypnotic. Their music glances back to the shoegaze behemoths of the 1990s while adding a modern flair reminiscent of contemporaries like Soot Sprite or Life Model.

The band formed in 2018 while studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute and have been building a name for themselves ever since with a series of increasingly well-received singles, with the jangling flourish of recent offerings “So Strange” and “Chewed” giving a tantalising glimpse of where their music is headed next. Having already shared stages with the likes of NewDad and bdrmm, their live show promises to be one not to be missed.

Dunebug is the London-based project of Manchester-born songwriter Chi Limpiroj. Having first appeared in 2019 with her self-titled EP, Chi has followed up with a series of increasingly fabulous singles. Their most recent offering “Lie to Me” paired dreampop perfection with the dangers of casual relationships, while “Impossible With You” was a stunning re-imagination of a retro-pop sound that nodded to the likes of Martha Ffion and Living Hour. Time spent with Dunebug is time well spent, as her music enters your ears it instantly feels like the start of a beautiful friendship.

ADWAITH GIG ON TUES 22ND FEB

Scared To Dance presents Adwaith on Tuesday 22nd February at Sebright Arms.

Support comes from Gillie and tickets are on sale at DICE.

One of our favourite new bands of recent years, we clearly aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed the brilliance of South Wales-trio Adwaith. Their acclaimed debut album, Melyn, drew near universal critical acclaim, culminating in the band winning 2019’s Welsh Music Prize. The band have wasted no time in following up on Melyn’s success, releasing a series of new tracks that hint at where their fascinating music is headed next.

Describing Adwaith’s sound is a difficult task, each track is equally likely to be a slice of perfect post-punk, an ethereal soundscape or a swampy blast of ravey psychedelica. With an eclectic, magpie-like approach to songwriting, Adwaith manage to create a sound entirely their own, and one that looks set to propel them as far as their ambition and imagination can take them. More than just the future of Welsh-music, Adwaith might just be the future of music as we know it.

Raised within the Welsh heartlands of Carmarthenshire, music has always been second nature to Gillie Ione Rowland aka Gillie. Deeply influenced by place and now living within the burgeoning metropolis of London, Gillie blends the serenity of the Welsh countryside with the industrial undergrowth of city life, to create something hauntingly serene. Distinct in its simplicity yet vivid in atmosphere, the ease at which she entwines both her silken vocal style with a storytelling charm both striking yet subtle.

EX-VÖID GIG ON SAT 5TH MARCH

Ex-Vöid headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 5th March.

Support comes from Buggs at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets 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. They shared their self-titled EP back in 2018, an enticing three-track collection of power pop that served as a reminder of the musical magic that comes when McArdle and Williams get together. The band most recently teamed up with Prefect Records to share their acclaimed single, “Only One”.

With a hook-laden blend of melody and jangle, the band have drawn comparison to the likes of The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub, even if they claim to exclusively take influence from Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void”, The Raincoat’s “The Void” and the Washington DC hardcore punk group VOID.

Hailing from South East London, Buggs (formerly BUGS) first emerged in the spring of 2020 with their debut single, “Nick Gowland”, released via Sad Club Records. With a sound pitched somewhere between The Breeders and The Beach Boys, the band have already caught the ear of Green Man Festival who invited them to play last summer, which coincided with the release of their second single, “Flaws”. Combining forensic introspection, with surrealist imagery and flourishes of comedic joy, the band use song to explore the best and worst of human nature and deliver it via the medium of song. With a live show not to be missed, Buggs might just be your new favourite band.

SUEP GIG ON FRI 14TH JAN

SUEP headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Friday 14th January.

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

With a debut single “Domesticated Dream” described by BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley as “perfect pop”, London’s SUEP are a band making an instant impact. Featuring members of Porridge Radio, Garden Centre and Joanna Gruesome, SUEP were, in their own words, “borne out of a near-decade of wearing silly clothes and deconstructing pop together”. Teaming up with the Memorials of Distinction for the release of their new single “Misery”, SUEP are a band you won’t want to miss.

A second-generation Sardinian-Brit raised in the London suburbs, Paolo Ruiu first came to the world’s attention as one half of the critically lauded duo Young Romance. With the band’s touring plans curtailed, Paolo took the time to explore his musical desires as a solo artist, sharing several singles throughout 2021. Those tracks are now set to be drawn together as his debut EP, Low, due out later this month. Written and recorded in Ruiu’s home studio on a desk used by Pink Floyd and a Tascam 424 cassette recorder, Low is a celebration of analogue recording, featuring elements of 70’s psychedelia, lo-fi indie and vocals smothered with delightful waves of echo.

SOOT SPRITE GIG ON SAT 4TH DEC

Soot Sprite headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 4th December.

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

Soot Sprite are a three piece from Exeter, Devon. Originally started by the first EP Elise Cook wrote and recorded in her loft room in 2018, the band grew as the live performance required more musicians. Now with their third EP the outfit comprises of Elise on guitar and vocals, Sean Mariner on bass and Tom Gilbert on drums.

With influences such as Mannequin Pussy and Phoebe Bridgers, their most recent sound has gotten the attention of BBC 6 Music, receiving multiple plays on the station from DJs Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe. The band have toured the UK and Europe fairly extensively right up until the 2020 lockdown and plan to do much more of that on the other side of things in 2021.

South-London based singer, songwriter and producer, Lyys, delivers beautifully melodic and dreamy indiepop inspired by sprawling influences from Cocteau Twins and Camera Obscura to Caroline Polachek and The Japanese House. Walking the line between the bedroom studio and the dancefloor.

MODERATE REBELS GIG ON SAT 6TH NOV

Moderate Rebels headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 6th November.

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

Moderate Rebels were never really meant to be a band. They formed on a one-off basis, yet enjoyed making 2017’s debut single “God Sent Us” so much that it has expanded into an EP, two albums and counting. Gaining high profile supporters from Lauren Laverne to John Kennedy, the band have recently signed to Moshi Moshi Records, who released their incredibly ambitious record If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right, a three-part, thirty track musical opus.

If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right is a bold and eclectic affair, featuring an eight-strong revolving collective of members who make music that is a free-form expression of joy through sound. With influences that stretch from the Pet Shop Boys to Syd Barret, Stereolab to Brian Eno, expect a myriad of sounds spun through a Moderate Rebel lens. Driving rhythms, discordant guitars, twinkling piano ballads and playful synthpop, you can’t pigeonhole Moderate Rebels, because they refuse to play along with your labels, and are every bit as exciting as that sounds.

Fell is the project of London-based artist, illustrator and creator of “sun-kissed psychedelic pop dreaminess”, Nicholas Burrows. Fell burst onto the UK scene back in 2019 with the well-received EP, For the Pickling, a series of songs of domesticity, half-forgotten pasts and imagined Lancastrian space missions. With a sound that goes from beat-driven desert folk to 60s pop and pretty much everything in between. With plans for a new album underway, Nicholas has recently been sharing his “sides” project, a series of tracks recorded live to cassette in a couple of hours in Fell’s practice room.

ADWAITH GIG ON SAT 30TH OCT

Scared To Dance presents Adwaith on Saturday 30th October at The Lexington.

Support comes from lilo and tickets are on sale at DICE.

One of our favourite new bands of recent years, we clearly aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed the brilliance of South Wales-trio Adwaith. Their acclaimed debut album, Melyn, drew near universal critical acclaim, culminating in the band winning 2019’s Welsh Music Prize. The band have wasted no time in following up on Melyn’s success, releasing a series of new tracks that hint at where their fascinating music is headed next.

Describing Adwaith’s sound is a difficult task, each track is equally likely to be a slice of perfect post-punk, an ethereal soundscape or a swampy blast of ravey psychedelica. With an eclectic, magpie-like approach to songwriting, Adwaith manage to create a sound entirely their own, and one that looks set to propel them as far as their ambition and imagination can take them. More than just the future of Welsh-music, Adwaith might just be the future of music as we know it.

lilo are a duo from London. They released their debut Tinted Windows/Tough Love EP in 2017 and since living in different countries for a while are back playing and recording again with recent singles “Change” and “Scarecrow”. Taking influence from the likes of Kings of Convenience and Adrianne Lenker, their harmonies and acoustic guitar come together to create a uniquely delicate, indie folk sound.

LAETITIA SADIER GIG ON FRI 22ND OCT

Scared To Dance presents Laetitia Sadier on Friday 22nd October at The Victoria.

Support comes from Gillie and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Laetitia Sadier is a founding member of Stereolab, the band have released 17 albums and compilations since they formed in London in 1990. In 1996 Laetitia started her solo career with a string of singles and 3 albums as Monade. Laetitia has since added a further 4 solo albums, the most recent being 2017’s Find Me Finding You. In addition to her own recordings, Laetitia has added vocals and lyrics to recordings by The High Llamas, Blur, Luna, Atlas Sound, Common, Marker Starling and Tyler, the Creator.

Raised within the Welsh heartlands of Carmarthenshire, music has always been second nature to Gillie Ione Rowland aka Gillie. Deeply influenced by place and now living within the burgeoning metropolis of London, Gillie blends the serenity of the Welsh countryside with the industrial undergrowth of city life, to create something hauntingly serene. Distinct in its simplicity yet vivid in atmosphere, the ease at which she entwines both her silken vocal style with a storytelling charm both striking yet subtle.