Our gig night returns with a new home for 2015 at The Shacklewell Arms on Friday 6th February!
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 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 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 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.
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.
Stanley Brinks is the current identity of André Herman Düne, formerly of the French folk rock band Herman Düne. He has recorded and played shows in Europe, the UK and the US under various other names such Ben Dope, Ben Haschish, Klaus Bong, John Trawling, Lord Stanislas.
Since leaving Herman Düne in December 2006 he has been championed by the likes of Jeffrey Lewis (who wrote a song about how Herman Düne were better when André was still in them) and in 2012 he collaborated with The Wave Pictures for their debut joint release. The follow up album is due to come out on Fika Recordings next year.
Stanley Brinks will be joined by The Wave Pictures as his backing band for this show. 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.
They have released a twelve studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. Their new album, City Forgiveness, will be out in October on the Moshi Moshi label.
Freschard is the musical vehicle for the solo artist Clemence Freschard. She writes songs deftly combining folk music, urban daydreams, acoustic sounds and electronic programming.
Growing up in a farm in French Burgundy, she moved to Paris at the age of 18 where she baked pies and cakes in a café. There, a local musician and regular customer called André Herman Düne wrote a few songs for her to sing.
In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP Alien Duck with a mix of electronic and acoustic sounds. Her second album Click Click, recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek) and electric guitars by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, Moonstone she plays the drums herself. She works as a sound engineer and records her friends’ music. She also has a calypso cover band with Stanley Brinks, called Kreuzberg Museum.
Tigercats are Duncan, Giles, Jonny, Laura and Stefan. Figuratively, they are made of Violent Femmes, Chic, Buzzcocks, Feelies, Hefner, Lonnie Donegan, and Life Without Buildings. Literally they are made of Esiotrot and Hexicon. They live in East London and make music of open-hearted joy and sparkly-eyed adventure. If you like songs that start with intimate confession and end in furious vegetarianism, or studies of Konnie Huq’s easily-forgotten role in the Beijing Olympics, you’ll love Tigercats! Following singles on Haircut records and WeePOP! and their album Isle Of Dogs was released on Fika Recordings last year.
Just Handshakes are something of a rarity these days, a British indiepop band that are worth shouting about. A four piece currently based in Leeds, they sit somewhere between the oscillating pop of Jenny Lewis in her Rilo Kiley days and a doo-wop Metric. Their recordings are packed with just crisp choruses and sweetly decorated lyrics. Odd splatterings of Casio, a sprinkle of boy/girl backing and a nice line in tip-tap drumming make them all the more enticing. They have just released their debut album Say It on Bleeding Gold Records to rave reviews.
The Spook School are four noisey people from Edinburgh, Scotland. They write honest indiepop songs, full of energy with raucous guitars and drums. They pen love letters to other DIY bands which have been described as “charming”, “hilarious” and “terrifying”. Their drummer Niall McCamley will remove his t-shirt and give it to one lucky member of the audience. You do not want to miss these guys live. They are due to release their debut LP on Fortuna Pop! later this year.
We are delighted to present The Wave Pictures at The Lexington on Sunday 30th June! The proceeds of this show will be going to the Jason Molina medical fund. You can read more on The Songs of Jason Molina page.
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 lots of original material. These songs along with a few covers comprise the albums More St. Less TV and Just Watch Your Friends Don’t Get You, which were recorded at home over two days, using an old tape four-track. Following unsuccessful attempts to record in a studio with an unsympathetic producer, the band continued to record at home to keep a track of David’s prolific output. These recordings formed the next three albums The Airplanes At Brescia, The Hawaiian Open Mic Night and Sophie.
They have since released five studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. The interest generated by these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Dune. Coming off the back of a UK tour with residencies in Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and York, their new album is released in October on Moshi Moshi Records.
We have support from some very special guests who are a favourite of ours. All will be revealed on the night, you won’t be disappointed.
Opening the gig will be Rotifer. Rotifer is the three-piece vehicle for the songs of one Robert Rotifer, Vienna born songwriter, broadcaster and journalist whose day job is calmly interviewing rock and pop royalty, while also doing quite a bit of painting and drawing on the side. In 2010 his semi-animated video for the song “The Frankfurt Kitchen” was exhibited and acquired by MoMA New York.
In September Rotifer will bring out The Cavalry Never Showed Up, his second full-on UK album release on the newly formed Gare du Nord label (the first was on Edwyn Collins’ AED Records in 2011), elegantly crafted and intelligent, edgy pop for discerning listeners who appreciate the twang of a Telecaster, a sharp lyric and the cut of a 60s actor’s suit.
The band will be playing new material from their forthcoming third album tentatively titled Canines, scheduled to be released in the Spring on Where It’s At Is Where You Are and Fortuna Pop!
Shrag put out one of our favourite LPs last year and we’ve been working hard on putting on this line-up for a long time so we’re delighted it’s all come together.
You can find out more on our gigs section and also on Facebook where you can invite your friends.
These are rare intimate shows with Darren playing solo at the piano in support of The Ship’s Piano album and tickets are likely to sell out in advance.
Standard Fare had a great 2010 that saw the release of their critically acclaimed debut album The Noyelle Beat, festival appearances at Latitude, Indietracks, In the City and SWN and two US tours, including playing at SXSW. Hot on the heels of releasing the poptastic single “Suitcase” on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation, we’re thrilled to have the Sheffield indiepoppers headline our premiere show.
Red Shoe Diaries are five friends from Nottingham who write pop songs for messed-up grown-ups. The band have built a reputation from playing with the likes of The Wave Pictures, Ballboy, Allo Darlin’ as well as numerous BBC radio sessions. One previous self-released EP has received much praise. Check out the outstanding When I Find My Heart… EP out now on Fika Recordings.
Evans the Death make frenetic and infectious punk pop which exudes the kind of unbridled charisma, intelligence, and runaway energy that promises a singularly exciting future for the band. With their compellingly unhinged and hyper-intelligent pop the band look set to blaze a trail through 2011 and beyond. The double A-sided single “Threads”/”I’m So Unclean” on Fortuna Pop! is a must have.
Head on over to our new gigs section for more details and find out more on Facebook.