From Carmarthen to the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, Adwaith’s upcoming album Bato Mato is a record about journeys, and the similarities and differences we find along the way. A life-changing trip to the bracingly cold city of Ulan-Ude in East Siberia took them racing past, “barren landscape and brutalist architecture”, the experience seeping into the record as they attempted to create something, “as big as the limitless sky around us there”.
While the band’s debut album Melyn – which won the prestigious Welsh Music Prize in 2019 – was a musical bildungsroman, dreaming of the possibilities of adulthood, Bato Mato looks in the mirror and sees stark reality biting. Matching Hollie Singer’s explorative lyrics, which yearn for a simple life and “a place to call my own”, Adwaith’s songs constantly shift and evolve, searching for a steady pulse that never sticks. Loose and jam-like in structure, the band were heavily influenced by the psychedelic sense of foreboding conjured by late-’60s krautrock bands Can and NEU!
Cerys Hafana is a musician from Machynlleth. She plays arrangements of Welsh folk tunes and songs, alongside original compositions on the triple harp and piano. Cerys is also a member of Avanc and released her debut solo album, Cwmwl, in 2020. She has also appeared on the TV show Curadur (Curator), wrote an essay on Welsh music and identity which was featured in the book Welsh (Plural), and recently recorded a live session at the BBC Maida Vale studios with Horizons Cymru.
Our monthly podcast is back with our summer mix of new indie and alternative music.
Naima Bock releases her debut album Giant Palm on Sub Pop and we kick off with “Campervan”.
Opus Kink’s ‘Til the Stream Runs Dry EP is out now on Nice Swan Records and we feature “Dog Stay Down” alongside labelmates Hallan and “Sich Übergeben”.
Melin Melyn are back with “Nefoedd Yr Adar” ahead of their Happy Gathering EP due out later this year.
Joyeria has signed to Speedy Wunderground and puts out his new single “Wild Joy” whilst Dry Cleaning return with “Don’t Press Me”.
Ezra Furman previews her new LP with “Forever in Sunset” and Yeah Yeah Yeahs collaborate with Perfume Genius on “Spitting Off the Edge of the World”.
There’s a triumphant return for Big Joanie with “Happier Still” and Grave Goods release their first single “Come”.
Also on the podcast there’s Sniffany & The Nits, Pixies, SUDS, Interpol, of Montreal, Bessie Turner, Holy Now, Angel Olsen, Crake and Pete Astor.
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Ex-Vöid were formed back in 2018 by Alanna McArdle and Owen “O” Williams from the Welsh Music Prize-winning punk group Joanna Gruesome. The band have since expanded to their current four-piece line-up and have already shared stages with the likes of Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz. With their fantastic self-titled EP released in 2018, and followed up by the single, “Only One”, the band have drawn comparison to the likes of The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub with their winning blend of melody and jangle. The band recently released their debut album, Bigger Than Before, out on Don Giovanni Records and Prefect Records, featuring the singles “Churchyard” and “No Other Way”.
Hot Puds channel the fuzzy heartbreak of Weezer, the dudes rock ethos of Guided by Voices, and the tightly-woven pop of The Cars. Their recent Hot Puds 2 EP tackled deeply unimportant subjects such as seasonal allergies (“Hayfever”) and deathly fear of illegal streaming (“Pirate Bay”), are lovingly swaddled in overcharged riffs and ill-advised dual guitar leads.
Eli Vor is a shifting musical project influenced by the loud and the quiet, the light and the dark, the weight and the weightless. Anchored by the songs and singing of London-based multi-instrumentalist Oliver Catt (Fantasy Rainbow, Orpine), Eli Vor uses the inhale and the exhale to explore what it means to be alive at the end of history.
We’re back on Saturday 16th July at The Shacklewell Arms.
Our guest DJ is Elis James. We’re delighted to welcome the comedian, broadcaster and actor back to the club after his brilliant set earlier in the year when he played Dusty Springfield, Echo & The Bunnymen, Can, Wire and Super Furry Animals.
We’ll be playing post-punk, indiepop, new wave and art rock music.
Adwaith . Alvvays . Arcade Fire . The B-52’s . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Big Joanie . Blondie . David Bowie . The Bug Club . The Clash . The Cure . Delta 5 . Depeche Mode . Dry Cleaning . Bob Dylan . Brian Eno . Ex-Vöid . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . Honeyglaze . Horsegirl . Iggy Pop . Grace Jones . Joy Division . Cate Le Bon . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . Penelope Isles . Pixies . Porridge Radio . Pulp . R.E.M . Ramones . Lou Reed . Roxy Music . Simple Minds . The Slits . Patti Smith . Talking Heads . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Warmduscher . Wet Leg . Wire . Yard Act
Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.
Based out of Zürich, Switzerland, Annie Taylor formed back in 2016. After a series of singles and well-received 2019 EP, the band’s sound shifted away from the rock-tinged pop into what they describe as “grunge psychedelic-rock”. The band’s progress was showcased on their 2020 debut album, Sweet Mortality, a record about “realising how fragile life is and appreciating a beautiful moment.” Having shared stages with the likes of L.A. Witch and FEWS, as well as performing a string of festivals across Europe, the band have become a potent live force, merging old favourites with an exciting hint of their upcoming second album.
A self-described goth Springsteen, Ben Maier is a rock ’n’ roller based out of East London. After a number of well-received singles, last year he released his debut EP, Welcome to My Nightmare, a collection of brilliant riffs, breakneck drum beats and punk-tinged vocals nodding to the likes of The Cars and The Birthday Party. With a burgeoning reputation for his raucous live show, Ben Maier is not to be missed.
Pete Astor is a singer and songwriter. He was the frontman in The Loft and The Weather Prophets on Creation Records. From the beginning they helped to establish the feel and sound of the label. Have a look at David Cavanagh’s My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize for the full story. A more mythic version comes courtesy of Danny Boyle in his film Creation Stories.
After the break-up of those bands he made solo records before switching to making more electronic music, forming The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound, singing to Matador and Heavenly respectively. In the 2000s he started making solo records again for a variety of labels: Hal’s Eggs for Static Caravan, Songbox for Second Language, Spilt Milk for Fortuna POP!
In 2017 he signed to Tapete releasing One For the Ghost backed by The Wave Pictures. You Made Me, an album of covers, followed in 2020 as well as his spoken word project The Attendant. He is set to release his new single “English Weather” in October followed by his new album Time on Earth.
Though London-based duo lilo have only recently emerged, theirs is a bond that runs a decade deep. Christie Gardner and Helen Dixon met at school aged 11, and from that day forward have forged an unshakeable creative bond. Their debut EP, Sleep Country, released early 2022, was built on crystallised moments of calm and contemplation. Over the five tracks that make up the EP, Christie and Helen explore new perspectives on love and friendship, often through the frame of loss. Despite this, the tone remains distinctly hopeful, choosing to treasure the small things in the face of larger sadness.
Hailing from Sweden’s second city of Gothenburg, Holy Now are a quartet dealing in the sort of shimmering indiepop that dreams are made of. The band released their debut album, Think I Need The Light, back in 2018 on Lazy Octopus Records, a collection of songs dealing with growing up, heartbreak and refusing to stagnate. The band have recently returned with a drip-feed of brilliant new singles, culminating in their most recent offering, “Places”, an enchanting song that might just be the band’s best yet. Recalling acts like Alvvays or Amber Arcades, Holy Now make classic pop songs, dressed up with shimmering guitar, passionate vocals and clattering drum beats.
Paolo Ruiu first came to the world’s attention as one-half of the critically lauded duo Young Romance. With the band’s touring plans curtailed, Paolo took the time to explore his musical desires as a solo artist, sharing several singles throughout 2021, later drawn together as his debut EP, Low, released earlier this year. Written and recorded in Ruiu’s home studio on a desk used by Pink Floyd and a Tascam 424 cassette recorder, Low is a celebration of analogue recording, featuring elements of 70’s psychedelia, lo-fi indie and vocals smothered with delightful waves of echo.
The club plays post-punk, indiepop, new wave and art rock music and is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria and the third Saturday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms in London. We also host club nights in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton.
Those who have guest DJed at the club include former professional footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince and Elis James, broadcasters Gideon Coe and Colin Murray, writers Jon Ronson and Pete Paphides and poet laureate Simon Armitage.
Bands who have DJed include Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, Franz Ferdinand, Public Service Broadcasting, Pond, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Teleman, Veronica Falls, The Goon Sax, Penelope Isles, Girl Ray, Slow Club, Big Joanie, Summer Camp and more.
Saturday 3rd September
Saturday 17th September
Saturday 24th September // Berlin Special // Tickets
Saturday 1st October
Saturday 15th October // Guest DJs Teleman // Tickets
Saturday 5th November
Saturday 19th November
Saturday 26th November
Saturday 31st December // New Year’s Eve // Tickets
We promote gigs across London with the best new and established artists at venues such as Moth Club, St Matthias Church, The Lexington, The Shacklewell Arms, St Pancras Old Church and Sebright Arms. We also have a monthly residency at The Victoria with a focus on new bands.
Artists that have played at our shows include bdrmm, The Wave Pictures, Adwaith, Withered Hand, Peaness, Darren Hayman, Ex-Vöid, Sweet Baboo, Laetitia Sadier, Allo Darlin’, Rozi Plain, The Spook School, Tigercats, Standard Fare, GHUM, Stanley Brinks, Es, Molly Linen and many more.
Saturday 3rd September // Hatty Taylor // Free