AVERAGE SEX GIG ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

Average Sex headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Monday 31st December at The Victoria.

Entry to the gig is free followed by Scared To Dance: New Year’s Eve.

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. Last year’s debut Ice Cream EP drew comparisons to the likes of Alvvays and The Shop Assistants and the recently released Melodie EP saw the band tour Europe with The Charlatans.

LIFE MODEL GIG ON SAT 12TH JAN

Life Model headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Saturday 12th January at The Victoria.

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.

PEANESS GIG ON FRI 30TH NOV

Peaness headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 30th November at The Victoria.

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.

WITCHING WAVES GIG ON FRI 2ND NOV

Witching Waves headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 2nd November at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Clingfilm.

Since their formation back in 2013 noise pop act Witching Waves have established themselves as one of the most intriguing acts on the UK’s vibrant DIY scene. Originally a duo, featuring guitarist Mark Jasper and drummer Emma Wigham, the band are now joined by bassist, Estella Adeyeri, known for her work with Big Joanie, Junk and Charmpit. The debut Witching Waves album, Fear of Falling Down, was released on the legendary Soft Power Recordings back in 2014, and was a rapid success, long sold-out before it’s 2017 re-release on Odd Box Records. They returned in 2016 with the superb Crystal Cafe, drawing comparison with everyone from Sonic Youth to The Cure.

The band have recently left London behind, swapping Hackney for the Yorkshire hills, so while we all wait for album number three, why not come celebrate the return of one of the most thrilling and energetic live bands this country has to offer.

Support for the evening comes from Clingfilm, the new project from Dan Moss, previously of the Fortuna POP! signed act, Evans the Death. The debut Clingfilm EP was shared in April this year; three tracks that showcased a discordant electronic sound, reminiscent of acts like Liars or Public Imagine Ltd. A follow up, Clingfilm II arrived just a month later in May, while a new single, Trying 2 Make It Work, featuring poet Elise Hadgraft, showcased another side to Clingfilm’s sound. Having already supported the likes of Wesley Gonzalez and Menstrual Cramps, Clingfilm are a live act not to be missed.

FOUNDLINGS GIG ON FRI 5TH OCT

Foundlings headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 5th October at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Adults.

Foundlings are a South East London/Brighton based band who play melodic, guitar-driven, indie-rock music. The influences of the band range from post-punk and 80’s and 90’s indie to modern alternative jams, such as Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett, Haley Bonar and Alvvays.

The band self-released their debut single Misery in March this year receiving airplay from BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing in the South and Amazing Radio. In July, the band completed their first UK tour in support of their new single Horizon. Foundlings are just getting started and they sound all the better for it.

Indiepop quartet Adults came to the attention of many last year with MSN, their contribution to the Art Is Hard Singles Club. The band initially bonded over, “desperately trying to be adults and desperately trying to rip off other bands”, however they soon stumbled upon their own sound, as showcased on their recent debut cassette, The Weekend Was Almost Always Over.

Dealing in a similarly energetic and scratchy take on indie to bands like Los Campesinos! and Johnny Foreigner, Adults’ sound is built around wiry guitar-line, shout along girl-boy vocals and frenetic drum beats.

MIKEY COLLINS GIG ON FRI 7TH SEPT

Mikey Collins headlines the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 7th September at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Worst Place.

Mikey Collins found fame and cult acclaim as the drummer in indiepop behemoths Allo Darlin’. By the time the much loved band parted ways in 2016, Mikey was already hard at work in his Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, working on the songs that would go on to become his debut album.

Recently released on Fika Recordings, Mikey’s record, Hoick, is largely inspired by his relocation from London to the Kent coast; ruminations on living by the sea and building a new community in a new town. Musically, it keeps the pop-tinged heart of his old band, and, through the addition of disco rhythms and RnB grooves, moves his sound into intriguing new directions. Live he’s backed by a crack team of musical heroes who bring his intricate musical ideas to life.

Fresh from opening up the main stage at this year’s Indietracks, Worst Place are an East London-based quartet whose music blends dreamy shoegaze and fuzzy indiepop. The band originally formed back in 2016 and after spending their formative days locked away in rehearsal rooms and recording studios, have emerged as one of the most exciting new bands on the London scene.

Their debut single, Dreamer, came out in 2017 as part of the Art is Hard postcard club, and much of 2018 has been spent plotting their debut EP, which should be due in the near future.

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 11TH JULY & THURS 12TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman performing Breaking God’s Heart at St Pancras Old Church.

Wednesday 11th July support comes from Alan Tyler and on Thursday 12th July Birdie supports. Both nights are sold out.

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner.

Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart (1998), mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. He’ll be performing this seminal album solo and in full on its 20th anniversary.

Alan Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. He has also released albums with The Lost Sons of Littlefield, his ongoing acoustic trio The Alan Tyler Show, and as a solo artist.

He recently released El Tapado on Hanky Panky Records. Written and recorded on an OP-1 programmable synthesiser, and then completed at Sean Read’s Famous Times studio, he describes it as “post truth melancholia with electro hooks and country harmonies.”

Deborah Wykes and Paul Kelly met whilst taking sabbaticals as members of Saint Etienne’s band in 1994. Both had been writing their own songs and discovering a mutual love of The Shangri-Las and Love’s Forever Changes, formed their own band, Birdie.

Both members had previous musical jaunts. London native Wykes opened for the likes of The Fall, The Jam and The Undertones while fronting her band Dolly Mixture. Kelly, known for his stint with East Village, also shared a label with Manic Street Preachers. Their last release was the rarities compilation Reverb Deluxe in 2003.

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 4TH JULY & THURS 5TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman performing Breaking God’s Heart at St Pancras Old Church.

Wednesday 4th July support comes from The Catenary Wires and on Thursday 5th July David Callahan from The Wolfhounds supports. Both nights are sold out. 

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner.

Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart (1998), mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. He’ll be performing this seminal album solo and in full on its 20th anniversary.

The Catenary Wires are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. They formed in 2014 and their debut mini-album Red Red Skies was released a year later on Elefant Records in Europe and Matinée Recordings in the USA.

Amelia and Rob are best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indiepop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.

David Callahan is the frontman of The Wolfhounds. Formed in Essex in 1985, the band released four LPs in their first incarnation until 1990 including a spot on the NME’s legendary C86 compilation.

Whilst on hiatus, Callahan resurfaced with the much-lauded Moonshake on the Too Pure label. Co-led with Margaret Fielder, the band was notable for its extensive use of textures and sampler technology in a rock context. Since reforming in 2005 The Wolfhounds have returned with two well-received albums and continue to perform across Europe.

WOLF GIRL GIG ON FRI 1ST JUNE

Wolf Girl headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 1st June at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something.

Wolf Girl are a noisy pop four-piece based out of the fertile South London DIY scene. Combining crunching distorted guitars and powerful, driving rhythms with hook-laden melodic pop, their music explores themes of sexuality, gender identity and anxiety. They first burst onto the scene with 2014’s EP Mama’s Boy on the much missed Soft Power Records before releasing their self-deprecatingly titled debut album, We Tried, on Odd Box Records in 2016.

Featuring members of Suggested Friends and The Whooperups, the band have toured extensively, sharing their “riot grrrl-doo-wop heartbreakers” to receptive audiences across the country. Expect to hear brand new tracks, with the release of an as-yet-untitled album set for some point in 2018.

The Cosmic Something is the new solo project from Jemma Freeman, known as the songwriter and guitarist in Bella Union signed dreamy-psych band Landscapes and member of new wave art band, The Fucks.

Jemma’s solo material adds a fizzing energy and almost glam-stomp to proceedings, creating a sound that flips rapidly between lush guitar work and rapid fire energy, all topped by Jemma’s sonorous vocal, part Kate Jackson part PJ Harvey. Expanded to a four-piece live band, expect to hear material from 2017’s debut EP, Someone Else to Blame as well as new material set for release later this year.