THE JUST JOANS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 12TH AUG

The Just Joans headline our gig night on Friday 12th August at The Shacklewell Arms! Support comes from The Understudies and Suggested Friends.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £6 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £8 on the door. You can also bookmark it in your diary by joining the Facebook event.

The Just Joans make a long-awaited return to London for this rare full band show. Hailing from Motherwell via Glasgow and Edinburgh, the band have now expanded to a six piece amassing an enthusiastic following with each gig, festival appearance, and through their steady output of mini-albums and EPs on WeePOP records. They write songs about being “lonely, thoroughly bored and yearning for something more.”

The Understudies have been gaining a prolific live reputation since their debut EPs Wanting vs Getting and Press Play for Songs by The Understudies. They’ve been favourably compared to the Tindersticks, Butcher Boy and Felt with Drowned in Sound saying “their sophisticated indiepop is a blessing.” Their debut album is available on the Berlin-based Firestation Records.

Suggested Friends are a new jangly punkish pop band playing catchy songs about regret and micro-aggressions. Featuring members of Wolf Girl and Actual Crimes, they have melodic hooks and big choruses.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the music site For The Rabbits will be playing records in-between the bands.

DARREN HAYMAN GIG NIGHT ON FRI 8TH APRIL

Darren Hayman headlines our gig night on Friday 8th April at The Shacklewell Arms! Support comes from Ralegh Long and Deerful.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £10 on the door. You can also bookmark it in your diary by joining the Facebook event.

We’re thrilled to welcome back one of our favourite songwriters Darren Hayman for this night. For fifteen years, and over fourteen albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly. 

Influenced by punk through his art college years and then American lo-fi indie in the ’90s he fronted John Peel favourites Hefner. Since then he’s been part of The French, Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee and Brute Love. It is his solo career that has earned widespread critical acclaim with The Guardian stating that his songwriting was “the match of Ray Davies”. His most recent album Florence was released on the excellent Fika Recordings label.

Ralegh Long is an English singer-songwriter. His critically acclaimed debut album Hoverance was released on Gare du Nord records in 2015. It is a beautifully pastoral record, in the tradition of Bill Fay and Nick Drake. Tracks from Hoverance received airplay on BBC 6 Music, from DJs including Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe, BBC Scotland, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. The Guardian praised it for its “twilit ambience and demented beauty”, and in a four star review MOJO celebrated its “spooky pastoralism”.

Deerful is Emma Winston, a London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, maker and academic. After several years spent as a session keyboard player and vocalist for artists and bands including Owl & Mouse and Enderby’s Room, she decided to begin making music of her own. She writes and performs story-led, electronic pop on miniature synthesisers about running away, staying in place, brokenness, recovery, and taking up space in the world.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the music site For The Rabbits will be playing records in-between the bands.

SEA PINKS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 12TH FEB

Our gig night is back for our first show of the year at The Shacklewell Arms on Friday 12th February!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £6 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £8 on the door. You can also bookmark it in your diary by joining the Facebook event.

Sea Pinks are a Belfast trio consisting of Neil Brogan on guitar and vocals (also known as a founder member of Girls Names), Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums. Their new LP Soft Days is the band’s second full-length studio record following on from 2014’s Dreaming Tracks and three previous DIY albums.

It’s a snapshot of a band growing in confidence and hitting its stride as a three piece. It’s also thrillingly eclectic, cherry picking genres with magpie abandon with rave reviews from QUncutLouder Than WarClash and The Line of Best Fit as well as airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music. Together, they unite on forging blissful guitar pop out of everyday tension and are without doubt one of the most distinctive guitar bands around right now.

The Leaf Library are a London-based quintet who have recently released their debut album Daylight Versions on one of our favourite labels WIAIWYA. They play shimmering shoegaze and deep drone that evokes the changing seasons which has been compared with Stereolab. Championed by the likes of Pete Paphides and Gideon Coe, Daylight Versions received a glowing a five star review in The Guardian. Not to be missed.

Young Romance are an indiepop duo whose musical evolution wraps joyous vocals depicting a sorrowful narrative in a blanket of distorted guitars. Last year they put out their first EP Wild on Banquet Records on the back of support slots with the likes of Summer Camp, Slow Club and Mystery Jets. Keep an eye out for the release of their debut LP coming soon.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

LÆTITIA SADIER GIG NIGHT ON FRI 4TH DEC

Our gig night returns to The Shacklewell Arms for our final show of the year on Friday 4th December!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £6 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £8 on the door. You can also bookmark it in your diary by joining the Facebook event.

Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier plays solo headlining this fantastic line-up. Since Stereolab went on indefinite hiatus in 2009, she has released three solo albums, The TripSilencio and Something Shines. An enthralling live performer, Pitchfork praised “her voice still oozes ethereality and sophistication” on her debut LP.

Sadier was also a member of one of our favourite bands of all time, the hugely influential McCarthy, played in the dream-pop side project Monade, and has contributed vocals to various groups and projects such as Blur, Luna and Benjamin Schoos.

Cosines are a mathematical pop band from North London. Simon Nelson and Alice Hubley met on the London Underground after a Stereo Total gig. They started making music together, fusing metronomic pop sensibilities, 60’s grooves and krautrock noise. The band’s line up was completed by Hubley’s old Loves bandmates Daniel Chapman and Jonny Drums and A Smile and A Ribbon’s Kajsa Tretow. They played their first show in April 2012, and since then have played shows with Comet Gain, Shrag and Still Flyin’ as well the Indietracks Festival releasing singles on Fika Recordings.

Wolf Girl are a garage pop four-piece based in South London. Their debut EP Mama’s Boy was released on limited edition cassette on Soft Power Records in 2014, and stays true to the poppy energy of their frenetic live shows. It’s been said that they both do and don’t sound like the Ramones, and have also been compared to both The Shop Assistants and Bratmobile.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

TIGERCATS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 2ND OCT

Scared To Dance’s gig night is back at The Shacklewell Arms for our fourth show of the year on Friday 2nd October!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £10 on the door. You can bookmark it in your diaries by joining the Facebook event.

Having carved out a coveted space in the scuzzier realm of kinetic indiepop, London five-piece Tigercats have now delivered second album Mysteries, an assuredly contagious record bristling with melody and noise, and mapped out on a lyrical landscape populated by gated longings, bleached-out city skies, and skewed entanglements of the heart.

Tigercats make music that stems from the weird collision point between Half Japanese, Hefner, Daniel Johnston, Prince and Orange Juice, shuttling through this heady constellation armed with a pop sensibility marked out by its eloquence and ferocity. Duncan Barrett and Laura Kovic articulate sweet laments and aspersions over swathes of magnetic agit-glam-punk noise which prowls an alternately feral and refined musical terrain.

The Hayman Kupa Band is a supergroup comprising of Darren Hayman of Darren Hayman and Hefner fame, Emma Kupa formerly of Standard Fare and current Mammoth Penguin, Fever Dream drummer Cat Loye and Michaelmas a.k.a. Michael Wood on bass.

Model Village are some kind of pop band from London and Cambridge with a form book as long as your arm where previous bands are concerned. None of that matters now though, so come and revel in the Model Village of the future. Dan, Ian, Kenny, Kev, Piers, and Lily currently make up the residents’ committee.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

DARREN HAYMAN GIG NIGHT ON FRI 3RD JULY

Our gig night is back at The Shacklewell Arms for our third show of the year on Friday 3rd July!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £10 on the door. You can bookmark it in your diaries by joining the Facebook event.

We’re delighted to welcome Darren Hayman as our headliner. Formerly of Hefner, The French and Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee, he has released twelve albums since going solo in 2006. Working with numerous other bands in that time including Rotifer, Papernut Cambridge and now The Great Electric and Brute Love, he released his latest album Chants for Socialists on Where It’s At Is Where You Are to widespread critical acclaim in February. A captivating live performer, he’s been described by Q magazine as “a true treasure”.

Mammoth Penguins is the new band fronted by Emma Kupa, formerly of BBC 6 Music favourites Standard Fare. When the band called it a day after nine years and two albums, Kupa upped sticks and moved from Sheffield to Cambridge where she recruited Mark Boxall (bass) and Tom Barden (drums) for her new project. They release their debut LP Hide and Seek on Fortuna Pop! this month and they’ll be playing songs from the album at this show.

Schande was the brainchild of Californian girl Jen Chochinov. They released two albums and an EP before Jen relocated to London. In-between she released an EP under the name This Is Thunder with the electronic musician Nopse. She has since performed solo culminating in 2012’s 19: Songs for and Inspired by Valencia Chapter 19 and this year’s split single “The Russian” alongside Girl One and The Grease Guns on Squirrel Records.

The writer and broadcaster Dougie Anderson will be spinning records in-between the bands.

WITHERED HAND GIG NIGHT ON FRI 3RD APRIL

Scared To Dance’s gig night is back at The Shacklewell Arms for our second show of the year on Friday 3rd April!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £10 on the door. You can bookmark it in your diaries by joining the Facebook event.

Withered Hand is the music of Dan Willson. For this headline show he will be performing solo and playing new songs, helped out by Pam Berry, formerly of seminal noisepop band Black Tambourine. He has recorded several BBC radio sessions and played various festivals as well as collaborating with the likes of King Creosote and Eugene Kelly. Having released his debut album Good News in 2009 and following that up with the Inbetweens and Heart Heart EPs, Withered Hand released the universally acclaimed New Gods on Fortuna Pop! last year breaking into the Top 100 UK albums chart.

Seabirds are a five-piece band from Nottingham. Featuring several members of Red Shoe Diaries, who released two superb EPs, the band released their debut single “Real Tears” on Californian label Matinée Recordings in 2013. For fans of melodic indiepop along the lines of The Tinderticks and The Lucksmiths.

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 two albums, Cambridge Nutflake and last years There’s No Underground, both on Gare du Nord Records. 

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands and after the show until 3am.

NIGHT FLOWERS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 6TH FEB

Our gig night returns with a new home for 2015 at The Shacklewell Arms on Friday 6th February!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £4 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £6 on the door. You can bookmark it in your diaries by joining the Facebook event.

Night Flowers were our breakthrough band of last year releasing their spectacular (and now sold out) self-titled debut EP on Dirty Bingo Records. Five friends originally from Humberside who are now based in East London, they play melodic indie rock/pop music influenced partly by 80s jangle and early 90s shoegaze. Pitchfork gush that “Night Flowers stand out from their modern peers merely because they’re the rare band that sounds like they want to.”

Fever Dream play dark, fuzzy, menacing music that blurs the line from noisy new wave to angular post-punk. Frantic shreds of guitar over that bass sound held together by tight as drumming. Easily one of the best live bands around at the moment, they’re currently recording their debut album.

A stand out band amongst London’s independent music scene, The Understudies released their debut LP Let Desire Guide Your Hand last year. A favourite of Pete Paphides, they’ve been favourably compared to the Tindersticks, Butcher Boy and Felt with Drowned in Sound saying “their sophisticated indiepop is a blessing.”

Consisting of members of Fuzzy Lights and The Puncture Repair Kit, Violet Woods take their cues from the depth of 60s British psych-pop and dusty West Coast jams. 12-string electric guitars, surf bass lines, ghostly vocals and rolling beats collide in lo-fi unison like a lost 7’’ playing on a dansette.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

THE WAVE PICTURES GIG NIGHT ON FRI 5TH SEPT

The Wave Pictures will be headlining the second of our new gig nights at the Dalston Victoria on Friday 5th September!

Support comes from LUST and Enderby’s Room and tickets can be bought for £10 from WeGotTickets.

The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny “Huddersfield” Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing plenty of original material. The interest generated by their early home recordings led The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Dune. They have since released six studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm.

A new band from London, LUST are comprised of three Swedish girls; Anna Haara Kristoferson on vocals and synths, Moa Papillon on vocals and guitars, Andrea Muller on vocals and bass, with English born Alex Burke on guitar, and Roberto Conigliaro from Italy on drums. Their debut single “Looking Glass” is the third release from emerging new label Crocodile Records run by Hatcham Social founders Finnigan Kidd and Toby Kidd.

Enderby’s Room are a London-based indie-folk band whose delicate harmonies, unusual instruments and vivid storytelling have been described as “intricately woven and desperately beautiful” by Folkroom Records. Enderby’s Room features Dan Mayfield (guitar, ukulele), Emma Winston (harmonium, accordion), James Humphries (percussion, banjo) and Donal Sweeney (double bass).

There will also be DJing from top quality music blog For The Rabbits.

FLOWERS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 4TH JULY

 We’re starting a brand new gig night at Dalston Victoria on Friday 4th July and the headliners for our first night are Flowers!

Support comes from Night Flowers, Being There and Chorusgirl. There’s a Facebook event you can join and tickets can be bought for £5 from WeGotTickets.

Flowers are set to release their debut LP produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on the Fortuna Pop! label. They draw a line between the joyous fuzzpop of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who they have toured Europe with, and the minimalist brilliance of Young Marble Giants with screaming distortion calming down to singer Rachel Kenedy playing solo on a one-stringed bass. The trio create a wall of sound larger than the sum of their parts – catchy pop songs hidden in noise.

Night Flowers are five friends originally from Humberside and now based in East London. They recently launched their debut 4 track EP on Dirty Bingo Records. One of our favourite releases this year, we’re tipping them to go on to big things. They play melodic indie rock/pop music influenced partly by 80s jangle and early 90s shoegaze.

Being There put out their first album on Young & Lost Club records back in 2012 and they’ve just finished recording a batch of new songs ahead of another release. Lo-fi indiepop with fuzzed out guitars and sweetly played melodies, they’ve been described by the NME as “baggy beauties”.

Chorusgirl are a brand new four piece noise pop band from London. They cite Lush, The Breeders, Suicide, Pulp, Broadcast, The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Bangles, Manic Street Preachers and Bikini Kill as key influences.

There will also be DJing from top quality music blog For The Rabbits.

THE JUST JOANS GIG NIGHT ON SAT 7TH DEC

On Saturday 7th December we have The Just Joans playing at Dalston Victoria! Tickets are now on sale from WeGotTickets so snap yours up.

The Understudies and former Standard Fare front woman Emma Kupa are supporting on the night and we’ll also have Fighting Talk’s Dougie Anderson DJing. Doors open at 8pm and the music will be finished by 11pm for those of you who need to catch trains home.

Scotland’s finest The Just Joans make a long-awaited return to London for this rare full band show. Marking the release of their new EP 6.9 Love Songs, the band have now expanded to a six piece amassing an enthusiastic following with each gig, festival appearance, and through their steady output of mini-albums and EPs on WeePOP records. They write songs about being “lonely, thoroughly bored and yearning for something more…” and after their brilliant acoustic set at Indietracks Festival this year featuring modern day indiepop classics like “If You Don’t Pull…”, “What Do We Do Now?” and “Durex Puppy” we can’t wait for this gig. They’ve even promised one or two Christmas songs.

A standout band amongst the UK’s independent music scene, The Understudies have been gaining a prolific live reputation over the past few years. They’ve been favourably compared to the Tindersticks, Butcher Boy and Felt with Drowned in Sound saying “their sophisticated indiepop is a blessing.” With the addition of two new members fleshing out their sound since their well-received EPs, Wanting vs Getting and Press Play for Songs by The Understudies, their debut album will be out next year on the Berlin-based Firestation Records.

Former Standard Fare front woman and now with Without Feathers and Mammoth Penguins. Emma Kupa has been described as having an “endearingly sideways yowl, one that often finishes lines on an unexpected upward lilt” (Pitchfork), writing songs that are “clear-cut fun, delivered at a frantic pace with a healthy dose of bittersweet angst” (BBC) and someone who “once again deserves and gets center stage” (AllMusic). Her solo performances are always a joy and are not to be missed.

WITHERED HAND GIG NIGHT ON SUN 13TH OCT

We are excited to announce that Withered Hand will be playing at The Macbeth on Sunday 13th October! This is a rare full band show and tickets can be bought in advance from WeGotTickets. Support comes from Rozi Plain.

Withered Hand is the music of Dan Willson. Dan came late to singing and songwriting. He found his voice at age 30, in a period of reflection somewhere between the death of a close friend and the birth of his first child.

The moniker Withered Hand encompasses Dan’s activity as a songwriter, a solo performer and also exists in a band form. He has toured widely in the last 5 years to acclaim both nationally and in mainland Europe, playing his first shows in the USA in 2012. Withered Hand has recorded several BBC radio sessions and played various festivals as well as collaborating with the likes of Pam Berry (Black Tambourine), Darren Hayman and King Creosote.

Having released Good News to widespread critical acclaim in 2009 and following that up with the Inbetweens and Heart Heart EPs, Withered Hand are currently working on a follow up LP.

Rozi Plain is a solo musician based in London. Originally from Bristol, she has released two albums for Fence Records, Inside Over Here and Joined Sometimes Unjoined.

The unassuming charm of Rozi’s live show has led to tours across Europe, the UK and the USA. Notable tours include supporting Devendra Banhart (who fell for her debut album and named it one of his albums of the year), James Yorkston and Viking Moses, as well as appearances at festivals such as Green Man, End of the Road and Fence Record’s flagship event Homegame.

Whether performing alone or joined by an assembly of her regular musical allies (including François & the Atlas Mountains, This Is The Kit, Rachael Dadd and Sleeping States) her songs possess both fragility and a sense of plucky charisma in one fell swoop. Claiming fans of Josie Long, Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley, she has recorded a number of sessions for BBC 6 Music.