Our headliners are Yumi and the Weather, the musical pseudonym of Brighton-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ruby Taylor. The project first burst onto the scene back in 2013 with the acclaimed debut EP, All We Can. The subsequent eight years have seen Yumi head out on tour with British Sea Power, perform at a number of festivals and gather heavy radio support from a wide variety of outlets including BBC 6 Music and Radio X. Last year saw the release of her fantastic self-produced EP, Some Days, released via Small Pond Records.
Some Days was something of a sonic departure for Yumi and the Weather, incorporating elements of ethereal 80s synth-rock, 60s soul, and New Romantic pop, weaving Ruby’s influences into a bold vision of exactly what she wanted her music could be. Citing inspiration from artists as diverse as Alvvays, Bruce Springsteen and A-ha, Some Days was the sound of Rose facing up to a pandemic and a wave of political unrest and hitting back with the power of creativity. A compelling snapshot of the world it was made in, that remains just as relevant and exciting in the here and now.
Known up until now as the, “tall” (The Guardian’s words not mine) one in Joanna Gruesome and The Tubs, George Nicholls is stepping forward with his own solo-project, working under the musical moniker, GN. Taking influence from yacht rock and no wave, Arthur Russell and The Allman Brothers, GN’s debut single, “Home Business” came out in October last year via Prefect Records. Setting an exploration of “the neoliberal work ethic”, to an alt-pop groove, it was a thrilling introduction to a songwriting voice with an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
Our monthly new music podcast is back with our pick of the best alternative music.
John Grant releases his fifth solo album Boy From Michigan and we have the fantastic title track.
Dry Cleaning put out “Strong Feelings” ahead of their upcoming debut LP New Long Leg. NewDad’s new Waves EP is out now and we lift “Slowly” from it alongside Annie Taylor and “The Fool”.
There’s a welcome return for Gruff Rhys with “Loan Your Loneliness” from his forthcoming Seeking New Gods album on Rough Trade Records.
Hanya continue their brilliant run of singles with “Lydia” and there’s also “Flood” from Bleach Lab and “Badibaba” from Goat Girl.
Crumb put out their first new material in two years with “Trophy” and there’s the latest tracks from Hadda Be, Communions, Corvair and Dignan Porch.
Also on the podcast there’s Girlhouse, Tōth, Wy, Chloe Foy, Renée Reed, Karima Walker and Wintergreen.
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Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who will be performing solo for this performance. Dan started writing songs and singing in his thirties during a period of reflection following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty.
Alongside activity with his band, Dan is a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following. 2014 saw the release of his strident second album New Gods which propelled Withered Hand into the charts, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle and Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. 2017 heralded Among Horses EP – the result of a collaborative songwriting retreat in Spain. Dan is currently collaborating with Mercury-nominated English songwriter Kathryn Williams on a new album, scheduled for release in 2022.
Writing her first songs on the cello, Ailsa Tully soon graduated to the bass guitar, that early classical technique ensuring she developed a bass playing style unlike anyone else. Add her tender, elegant vocals to the mix plus her obsession for field recordings and you’ll begin to understand what makes Tully so different. While Tully’s previous single “Drive” was enveloping and meditative, recent 7″ “Parasite” found her dark and brooding. Based upon her personal experiences in the music industry, “Parasite” is a highly charged sermon on navigating a toxic work relationship and gender power dynamics.
Resident DJ Paul Richards will be playing a socially distanced DJ set at Paper Dress Vintage on Friday 14th May.
Expect to hear indiepop, post-punk, new wave and a whole lot of rarities in the yard from 5pm to late.
Entry is free and you can book your table in line with the Rule of Six over at PDV. Spaces are very limited so be quick.
Those who have guest DJed at the club include former professional footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, broadcasters Gideon Coe and Colin Murray, writers Jon Ronson and Pete Paphides and poet Simon Armitage.
Bands and artists who have DJed are Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, Franz Ferdinand, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Darren Hayman, The Pastels, Veronica Falls, Talulah Gosh, Allo Darlin’, Teleman and many more. We also have irregular nights in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton.
Our monthly new music gig night is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria. We also put on events across London with the best new and established artists.
Bands that have played at our shows include Darren Hayman, Allo Darlin’, bdrmm, Sweet Baboo, The Wave Pictures, Lætitia Sadier, Rozi Plain, Withered Hand, The Spook School, GHUM, Standard Fare, Night Flowers, Shrag, Peaness, Stanley Brinks, Tigercats, Adwaith, Sea Pinks, Flowers, Evans the Death, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Savage Mansion and many more.