SYNTHPOP SPECIAL ON FRI 7TH FEB

We’re back on Friday 7th February with a Synthpop Special at The Victoria.

Our guest DJ is Bob Brown from Shrag. He’s DJed at all of our synthpop nights playing the likes of New Order, LCD Soundsystem, The Human League, Future Islands, Soft Cell, OMD and more. You can listen to one of his past sets on Spotify. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

We’ll be playing synthpop, krautrock and electronic inspired music from the past to the present day.

Associates . The Avalanches . Blancmange . Bronski Beat . The Buggles . Can . The Communards . CSS . The Cure . Daft Punk . Depeche Mode . Devo . Django Django . Electronic . Brian Eno . Erasure . Eurythmics . FFS . Fiction Factory . Future Islands . Heaven 17 . The Horrors . Hot Chip . The Human League . Japan . Joy Division . The Knife . Kraftwerk . La Roux . Ladyhawke . LCD Soundsystem . Neu! . New Order . Gary Numan . of Montreal . Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark . Pet Shop Boys . The Postal Service . The Radio Dept . Saint Etienne . Simple Minds . Soft Cell . Sparks . Stereolab . Donna Summer . Tears For Fears . The The . Visage . Wild Nothing . Yazoo

Tickets are on sale at DICE and WeGotTickets.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #98

We end the year with our pick of the best new tracks on our monthly podcast.

HUSSY is the avant-garde dreampop project of Sophie Nicole Ellison. She releases her superb new single “YLMD”.

Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith return with a double a-side and we feature “Orange Sofa” alongside “Black Tar” from the forthcoming Mission Bells LP by The Proper Ornaments.

Hot Chip release “Positive” from their latest album and we have the excellent “Slumlord” from Baxter Dury.

“Lilac” is the first new music we’ve heard from Porridge Radio since signing to Secretly Canadian and Cheerbleederz put out “Say 2 U”.

Fortitude Valley is a new band featuring members of Tigercats, Martha and Night Flowers and we have their debut single “Wreck”. There’s also new tracks from Fanclub, The Leaf Library, Iggy Pop and Hanya.

Also on the podcast there’s Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage, Sprinters, DIIV, Wednesday, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Jeremy Warmsley, Northwest and Jarvis Cocker.

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TUGBOAT CAPTAIN GIG ON FRI 7TH FEB

Tugboat Captain headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 7th February at The Victoria.

Support comes from The Other Ones and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

From their humble beginnings in a West London student home, Tugboat Captain have come an awful long way. The band first emerged back in 2016 with the distinctly DIY-debut release, which established their unmistakable way with a melody. The giant leap forward came with second record, Everybody Seems to Think That I’m a Raincloud, a collection of heartbreak anthems, that was one of the sleeper indiepop hits of 2017. That record’s success saw them play for the likes of Wales Goes Pop and Indietracks, drew near universal acclaim from the blogging community, and this Spring will see them head to America to play at both New Colossus Fest and SXSW.

Tugboat Captain’s ever evolving sound takes in elements from across the lineage of alternative music history. Equally influenced by The Beatles as Galaxie 500, sounding one second like Guided By Voices, the next like Camera Obscura. The band are currently gearing up to the release of their third album, recorded last year at Abbey Road, and early snippets have hinted at their most ambitious and enthralling release to date. Don’t miss the chance to see where this band are headed next, because for this band the sky’s the only limit.

The Other Ones are a London-based quartet who describe their music as, loud, fuzz drenched pop songs. Formed back in 2017, the band have since spent their time making a name on the London DIY-scene, through impressive lives shows and a series of self-releases. This culminated in September last year, with their most recent, and best, release to date, Picking Up the Pieces. With a sound going from riot grrrl influenced punk to melodic bedroom-pop, fans of Fresh or Fightmilk will find an awful lot to love with The Other Ones.

SUDS GIG ON SAT 7TH MARCH

SUDS headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Saturday 7th March at The Victoria.

Support comes from Sprinters and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

Formed back at the start of 2018, SUDS are three gals, one lad and a variety of instruments based out of Peterborough. In March last year they caught the ear of many with their debut EP, It Suits Me Well, which showcased just how far their friendship, and their music had come. They closed out a break-out 2019, with the December release of their most recent single, You’ll Feel Better.

SUDS’ sound is one of atmospheric guitar sketches, soft soaring vocals and creative rhythms, the sound of creative people casting off the shackles of the daily grind and letting their musical imaginations run wild. The band have recently completed work on a brand new EP, so expect new material from a band who’s musical journey is just getting started.

Beginning life as the solo project of frontman Neil Jarvis, Sprinters first emerged back in 2017 with their self-titled debut album on Icecapades. Two years later, and now a four-piece band, the band have recently released their second album, Struck Gold, on the Madrid-based Meritorio Records.

Struck Gold is something of a re-invention for the band, the indiepop that emerged from Neil’s solo songwriting largely removed and replaced with songs that are noisier, sharper and more focused than ever before. The result of taking a year out to focus entirely on this new record, the tracks on Struck Gold seem to push Sprinters’ sound; the gentle janglers are lusher and more swoonsome, the angular numbers are crisper, the noisier sections, terrifically loud and thrilling, which bodes very nicely for a live set that might just blow you away.

TALKING HEADS SPECIAL ON SAT 7TH MARCH

We’re back at The Victoria on Saturday 7th March and we’re having a Talking Heads Special.

Our guest DJ is Jessica Gladstone from Hot Gossip. Expect to hear the best from Talking Heads: 77, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, Speaking in Tongues and more. We’ll also be projecting Stop Making Sense. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

We’ll be playing Talking Heads alongside our mix of indiepop, post-punk and new wave music.

And She Was . Artists Only . The Big Country . The Book I Read . Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) . Burning Down the House . Cities . Crosseyed and Painless . Don’t Worry About the Government . Found a Job . Girlfriend Is Better . The Girls Want to Be With the Girls . Heaven . I Zimbra . I’m Not in Love . Life During Wartime . Love For Sale . Making Flippy Floppy . New Feeling . (Nothing But) Flowers . Once in a Lifetime . Psycho Killer . Pull Up the Roots . Pulled Up . Puzzlin’ Evidence . Radio Head . Road to Nowhere . Sax and Violins . Slippery People . Stay Hungry . Stay Up Late . Swamp . Take Me to the River . Television Man . Tentative Decisions . Thank You For Sending Me An Angel . This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) . Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town . What a Day That Was . Wild Wild Life

Tickets are on sale at DICE and WeGotTickets.

ADWAITH GIG ON SAT 4TH APRIL

Adwaith headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Saturday 4th April at The Victoria.

Support comes from Rose Tiger and you can get your free tickets 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 last year’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 indiepop, 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.

Rose Tiger is the brainchild of Wendy Kilmman, after spending years recording and touring with the likes of Nouvelle Vague and Jehnny Beth, Wendy decided to venture out into a project entirely of his own. The debut Rose Tiger EP, From Top to Bottom, emerged back in 2017, and was followed up last year with a brand new EP, Role Playing Game, and most recently the wonderful single, A Million Hearts.

Rose Tiger set out with the aim of combining Wendy’s twin passions, music and video games. Taking influence from Japanese composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, as well as a host of pop-histories more intriguing characters, the result is an ambitious fusion of new wave and 1970’s folk. With an expanded three-piece live band, don’t miss Rose Tiger’s intriguing musical visions coming to life.

CLUB DATES

The club plays indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music and is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria and the third Saturday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms.

Since 2009 we have invited numerous people to guest DJ at the club. These have included former international footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince and Michael Legge, broadcasters Gideon Coe, Jon Hillcock, Colin Murray and Dougie Anderson, writers Jon Ronson, Pete Paphides and Simon Price and poet laureate Simon Armitage. The club also takes place in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton and previously in Oslo and Bergen.

Among the bands, record labels and club nights that have DJed are Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Franz Ferdinand, Allo Darlin’, Darren Hayman, Veronica Falls, Slow Club, Talulah Gosh, Teleman, The Wave Pictures, Summer Camp, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, Joanna Gruesome, Tigercats, The Spook School, Keel Her, Night Flowers, Fever Dream, Flowers, Shrag, Evans the Death, Betty and the Werewolves, Ballboy, Acid House Kings, Rotifer, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Cosines, Being There, Red Shoe Diaries, MJ Hibbett, Pocketbooks, Moustache of Insanity, The Rosie Taylor Project, Mammoth Penguins, The Understudies, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Beds in Parks, Northern Portrait, Labrador Records, Moshi Moshi Records, Fortuna POP!, Where It’s At Is Where You Are, Spiral Scratch, Things To Make and Do, Unpop, Big Pink Cake, On The Beach, The Hangover Lounge, Librarian’s Wanted, Stolen Wine Social, Nuisance, Mind Your Own Business, Mixtape, Star Shaped, What Difference Does It Make and STOP, PLAY.

★ Upcoming Dates 

 Friday 7th February // Synthpop Special // The Victoria // Tickets 

Saturday 22nd February // The Shacklewell Arms // Tickets 

Saturday 7th March // Talking Heads Special // The Victoria // Tickets 

Saturday 21st March // The Shacklewell Arms // Tickets

Saturday 4th April // Joy Division & New Order Special // The Victoria // Tickets

Saturday 18th April // The Shacklewell Arms // Tickets

GIG DATES

Our free entry gig night is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria where we promote new bands. We also put on events across London with the best new and established artists.

Bands that have played at our shows include Allo Darlin’, Sweet Baboo, Darren Hayman, The Spook School, The Wave Pictures, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Rozi Plain, Tigercats, Sea Pinks, Flowers, GHUM, Standard Fare, Night Flowers, Shrag, Peaness, Stanley Brinks, bdrmm, Evans the Death, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Marine, Witching Waves, Young Romance, Papernut Cambridge, Freschard, Ralegh Long, Chorusgirl, The Leaf Library, Seabirds, Fever Dream, Mammoth Penguins, Adwaith, Suggested Friends, Just Handshakes, Wolf Girl, Jessica’s Brother, Rotifer, Being There, LUST, Jean K, Winnaretta, Foundlings, The Great Electric, Firestations, Birdie, Lyys, Red Red Eyes, Jack Hayter, Model Village, David Callahan, Savage Mansion, Pocketbooks, Melby, Deerful, CIEL, The Understudies, Yukka, Rosehip Teahouse, Emma Kupa, Cosines, Alan Tyler, Red Shoe Diaries, L I P S, Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, Two Tribes, Panic Pocket, Mikey Collins, Violet Woods, Schande, The Catenary Wires, Ski Saigon, David Tattersall, Nice Church, Hanya, Enderby’s Room, Alex Chilltown, The Hayman Kupa Band, Jeremy Tuplin, Clingfilm, Secret Power, Worst Place, th’sheridans, Adults, Gold Baby, Cat Apostrophe, Protection Spells, Whitelands, The Tubs and Flirting.

★ Upcoming Dates ★

Friday 7th February // Tugboat Captain + The Other Ones // The Victoria // Free Tickets

Saturday 7th March // SUDS + Sprinters // The Victoria // Free Tickets

Saturday 4th April // Adwaith + Rose Tiger // The Victoria // Free Tickets

Saturday 2nd May // Break-Up Haircut // The Victoria // Free Tickets

TIGERCATS GUEST DJ ON SAT 18TH JAN

We’re back on Saturday 18th January at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Our guest DJs are Duncan Barrett and Paul Rains from Tigercats. Last time they DJed at the club they played a brilliant set including Blondie, The Slits, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Pavement, Jonathan Richman and The Beach Boys. You can listen to one of his past DJ sets on Spotify. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

We’ll be playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The B-52’s . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . Chorusgirl . The Clash . The Cure . Delta 5 . Depeche Mode . The Fall . Flowers . Gang of Four . Hefner . Iggy Pop . Joanna Gruesome . Joy Division . Cate Le Bon . Le Tigre . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Patience . Pixies . Pulp . The Raincoats . Sacred Paws . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Siouxsie and the Banshees . The Slits . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh. Teleman . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire . X-Ray Spex

Tickets are on sale at DICE and WeGotTickets.