Hailing from Cardiff, Rosehip Teahouse, started life back in 2015 as the bedroom-pop project of guitarist and vocalist, Faye Rogers. Now expanded into a full-band, they have impressed with their sparkling take on DIY-pop, which has seen the band pack out their own headline tour and bag a high profile slot at Indietracks.
Musically, Rosehip Teahouse inhabit a world of melancholic beauty. Recalling the likes of Let’s Buy Happiness or a less frenetic Mothers. A band in that thrilling early stage; full of creativity and fearlessness, simultaneously making you long to hear what comes next and simply enjoy where they already are.
Born in a South Edinburgh barn circa 2015, Nice Church are ever evolving collective of musicians split between Scotland’s two biggest cities, with influences as diverse as Stanley Brinks, Erasure and Cats (the animals not the musical). They first emerged back in 2018, with their debut album, Chord on Cord, a record they followed up this April with their self-titled second offering.
An eclectic collection melding elements of anti-folk, slacker rock and anti-folk, Nice Church saw the band expand both their ambition and their musical horizons. Paired with a comedic pessimism that came up with song titles like Everything Is Terrible and The One Day the Sun Came Out, Nice Church are a delightful and defiantly independent treasure.
Stockholm psych-pop act Melby first emerged back in 2016 with their ear catching debut single Human and they haven’t really stopped impressing since. A steady stream of excellent singles and acclaimed EP’s followed, culminating earlier this year with the release of their debut album, None of This Makes Me Worry.
Taking influence from a vast variety of genres, Melby’s sound is one of glistening melodies and expansive rhythms, dreamy-pop songs given an emotional depth by Matilda Wiezell’s soaring, enchanting vocal style. None of This Makes Me Worry was, according to the band, the closest they’ve got to capturing the energy and dynamism of their live show, on that evidence Melby are a band not to be missed.
The latest wonderful act to emerge from the fertile Falmouth music scene are dreamy-indie types L I P S, who released their self-titled, debut EP earlier this year through Chicago-based label Sunday Records.
A hugely impressive debut; L I P S is a sublimely recorded collection of classic-pop songs given a modern twist, a record equally like to draw admiring glances from fans of The Sundays and Alvvays as it does from their more underground peers like Worst Place and Foundlings. Part of a current wave of brilliant indiepop coming to the forefront of the UK’s musical underground, L I P S are on the verge of something very special.
Entry is free and support comes from Alex Chilltown.
Originally from locations as diverse as Spain, Brazil and the musical hotbed of Essex, GHUM have since gone on to become one of the most exciting bands in the fertile London DIY-scene. The band initially formed when band-member Marina put an advert on Gumtree, and the quarter bonded over a shared love for The Cure, Warpaint and PJ Harvey.
The band caught the ear of many with their self-titled EP back in 2017 and have gone on to take their post-punk-grunge-goth across both the UK and Europe, including dates with the likes of Dream Wife and L.A. Witch as well as taking to the mainstage at last year’s Indietracks Festival. Recent double-A single, I’m the Storm/Undone saw them team up with Everything Sucks Music; harnessing their throbbing bass-lines, complex beats and new wave influenced guitars to their most emotionally honest lyrics to date. A recent sold out show at Bermondsey Social Club confirmed GHUM’s reputation as one of the most exciting new bands London has to offer, and an act you don’t want to miss.
Alex Chilltown is the musical moniker of suburban Londoner Josh Esaw, who started sharing his music with the world back in 2013 and has been making textural, hypnotic, indie-sadcore ever since. Alex Chilltown’s music explores ideas of self-identity and how we can interpret what all the noise around us really means. Josh has always been joined by a revolving cast of musicians to make his musical sketches come true, culminating in the 2017 EP, Eaten Up By Nothing, which saw them catch the ear of everyone from Gold Flake Paint to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
With new material coming rapidly onto the horizon, Alex Chilltown is ready to achieve his musical ambitions to embrace complex, weird, and messy ideas, and one day debate Matty from the 1975 on the merits of postmodernism. Unique, intriguing and just a little bit odd, a trip into the world of Alex Chilltown is one well worth taking.
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Savage Mansion is the current project of Glasgow-based purveyor of scuzzy slacker rock, Craig Angus. Originally working under the Poor Things moniker, Craig became a well established figure on the Glasgow DIY-scene, carrying much of the excitement and energy from that world into his own musical output. After crashing into our musical consciousness with debut EP, Document, back in 2018, Savage Mansion’s place at the forefront of British guitar-music was cemented with the sparkling debut album, Revision Ballads, released back in February on Lost Map.
Revision Ballads is an album unafraid to wear it’s influences proudly for the world to see; The Velvet Underground’s no-fi swagger, Pavement’s easy, sing-speak vocals, R.E.M.’s shimmering guitar tones. Lyrically the tracks are literate and often quietly comical, flittering from Elwood’s personal musings on childhood tormentors to the more politically charged Dog O’Tears, Craig’s rambling response to the rise of xenophobia on our streets. Breathing new life into their timeless influences, Savage Mansion might just be your new favourite band.
Schande started back in 2002 as the solo project of principle songwriter, Jen Schande, before quickly expanding into a full band courtesy of a steady stream of mostly three-lettered named band members (current bandmates Gio and Cat are prime examples). Their latest offering of driving-melodic indie rock came recently in the shape of a brand new EP, Pedigree, released via Everything Sucks Music.
Pedigree was penned during a period where Jen was struggling with her mental health issues, a theme explored across the record. Clearly You Do muses on the isolation affect of anxiety, Fancy Trolley reflects on the exhaustion that comes from panic attacks, while Community Theatre is a celebration of seeking help. While Pedigree, comes from a place of darkness, it is not a record that wants to glorify that, instead it is laced with a hidden positivity, the feeling that we all deserve to be hopeful that things can get better. With that positive, determined attitude to overcome challenges and struggles, what’s next for Schande? “What isn’t?”
Entry is free and support comes from Secret Power.
Over the last few years London-based quintet Average Sex have emerged as one of the fastest rising bands on the UK indie-scene. They make youthful, exhilarating power-pop gems, telling instantly relatable stories of finding love, falling out of love and living your best life.
The band have so far shared a pair of well received EP’s on Tim Burgess’ O Genesis Recordings. Their debut Ice Cream EP drew comparisons to the likes of Alvvays and The Shop Assistants and last year’s Melodie EP saw the band tour Europe with The Charlatans.
Formed in 2017 Secret Power have since expanded to a three piece band and honed their live show playing sets around Brighton and London. This year looks like it’s going to be a break-out one for the band, with a slot supporting Big Joanie on their upcoming UK tour, as well as the release of their debut EP on For the Sake of Tapes.
The EP is a showcase of the variety of influences that collide to create Secret Power’s sound; from angular post-punk to girl group harmonies and a love for all things reverby.
Entry is free and support comes from Whitelands.
London-trio Protection Spells may only just be getting started but they’re already leaving quite the impression. Their 2017 EP, Daughter of Gold, was an intriguing introduction, while their latest single, Bleed Through Sheet, came good on all that promise. Their take on what they describe as, “witchy dreampop”, has already seen the band support the likes of Jane Weaver and Jess Williamson.
Discussing Bleed Through Sheet, chief songwriter Gwen Austin has suggested it’s one of many songs written about the nativity, in her own words, the track, “imagines the relationship between Mary and the Holy Ghost as heard by Mary’s mother Anne through her bedroom wall”. Musically, the track is an intriguing fusing of sounds, Gwen’s folk-tinged vocals are given a more modern spin through the intricate shoegazey haze created by her bandmates. There’s something both eerie and intriguing about Protection Spells music, expect a lot more people to fall for their incantations in the coming months.
Whitelands is the musical project of Etienne; beginning as something to do at lunchtime in sixth form, before quickly becoming a lot more serious with 2018 seeing the release of both an EP, Old News, and a self-titled debut album. Etienne’s blend of shoegaze and indiepop caught the ears of many, receiving radio play on both sides of the Atlantic as well as a well received set at Indietracks. Closing off a monumental year for Whitelands, Etienne released a brand new single Fluoxetine, a reflection on a personal battle with depression and the wider issue of our societies failure to talk about mental health. The track marked a thrilling new direction from a prolific and intriguing new voice on the DIY-scene.
Entry is free and support comes from Cat Apostrophe.
Formed back in the early months of 2018, Gold Baby are a collection of old friends who met while playing in various bands and solo guises on the North London DIY scene. Through a string of well received shows, and a handful of impressive singles, they have already caught the ear of burgeoning audience. The band have recently been in the studio working on further material to be shared with the world in the early months of this year.
Gold Baby’s sound is one that fuses slacker-rock and dance floor ready indie; jangling guitar lines and tight rhythms create a base atop which vocalist Siân Alex’s lush vocals can shimmer and shine. Recent single Maggots showcased their lyrical sincerity, recalling the likes of Hop Along or Courtney Barnett as Siân detailed the feeling of never quite living up to your own expectations. With their perfect recollections of the insecurities and instabilities of finding your place in the world, Gold Baby seem to be a band ready to grasp whatever opportunities come their way.
Cat Apostrophe are a four-piece bands from Leeds who deal in radically soft pop. The band have been making music for over a decade now, releasing a series of well received EPs as well as playing shows with DIY favourites including The Spook School, Wolf Girl and Dream Wife. With new material on the horizon expect to hear more slow, sad songs about awkward sex, surviving and finding glimmers of hope in the hardest of places.
Entry is free and support comes from The Tubs.
Formed back in 2012, Glasgow’s Life Model are in some ways a testament to the art of taking your time. The quartet’s take on dream pop has seen them gradually accrue a sizeable audience with ever more impressive releases. Their 2017 EP, Lucky, released via Durham’s Frux Tapes label, was a fantastic and fascinating collection, while Real Estate, their offering on a recent split single with fellow-Glaswegian’s Home Economics, was to our ears, their finest track to date.
Making textural soundscapes that hark back to the glory days of shoegaze, Life Model revel in a world of reverberating guitars, crashing drum hits and glorious rumbles of bass. In the centre of all the chaotic noise, Sophie Evans’ vocal adds a crystalline shimmer, that is deserving of the frequent comparisons it receives with The Sundays’ Harriet Wheeler and the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser.
The Tubs are members of Joanna Gruesome, The Snivellers, Garden Centre and Flowers who try to find the Antipodean Sound. They aim for The Clean, Dick Diver and The Stroppies, misfire and land in strange territory. Here they find The Cleaners from Venus wandering around, and offer them a Tubsmans Salute.
Entry is free and support comes from Flirting.
Formed in Chester back in 2014, Peaness are Jess, Balla and Rach, an indiepop trio with tunes as much fun as hearing radio presenters audibly blush when saying their name on the airwaves. The band won plenty of fans with their early self-released material, which saw them team up with Odd Box Records for a sold-out single in 2017, before settling at their current home of Alcopop! Records and releasing their debut EP, Are You Sure?
Since that harmony-drenched blast of musical brilliance, the band have combined work on their debut album, with a relentless string of live dates, supporting the likes of We Are Scientists, The Cribs and The Spook School. With new material on the way soon, the unstoppable rise of Pea-Pop looks sure to continue unabated, catch them at a reasonably sized venue while you still can.
Self-styled anxiety-pop quintet flirting. formed in East London back in 2016. They initially bonded over an eclectic array of music, noise and Vine videos, but ended up as what they describe as, “a group therapy project, set to a Sofia Coppola soundtrack”.
The band recently released their debut 5-track EP, This Would Be Funny If It Were Happening to Anyone But Me, a fascinating collage of musical ideas; flittering from Life Without Buildings-like post-punk, to spoken word musings and angst-driven noise. Unnerving, beautiful, brutal, bruising and utterly unique, flirting. defy convention, refuse your pigeon-holes and make one of the most exciting emotive rackets you’ll ever come across.