PAT NEVIN GUEST DJS ON SAT 20TH OCT

PAT NEVIN GUEST DJS ON SAT 20TH OCT

Tickets on sale for the club at The Shacklewell Arms

BERLIN SPECIAL ON SAT 27TH OCT

BERLIN SPECIAL ON SAT 27TH OCT

Tickets available on the door for the club at Loophole

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND NOV

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND NOV

Tickets on sale for the club at The Victoria

WITCHING WAVES GIG ON FRI 2ND NOV

WITCHING WAVES GIG ON FRI 2ND NOV

Support comes from Clingfilm at The Victoria

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #84

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #84

Featuring Chorusgirl, Adwaith, Public Service Broadcasting and more

CLUB DATES

CLUB DATES

The club night is bi-monthly at The Victoria and The Shacklewell Arms

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.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #81

Our podcast is back with the best 20 tracks from the past month.

Teleman start us off with the fantastic “Cactus” from their forthcoming Family of Aliens LP.

Wild Nothing have a new album coming out on Captured Tracks and we preview it with “Letting Go”. Tigercats have released Pig City recently and we feature “Stay Out of Limehouse”.

Average Sex have a new single with “Ne M’Oublie Pas” from their upcoming Melodie EP, as do Interpol and Dream Wife.

We have “The Invisibles” taken from Suede’s The Blue Hour album and Charles Watson with “Now That I’m a River”. Gruff Rhys is back and so too is David Byrne. We’ve also got the latest from Robert Rotifer, Tony Molina and Ralegh Long.

Also on the podcast there’s Butsenzeller, Jon Hopkins, Magic Mist, Bryde, The Mary Onettes, Walk Upright and Smokescreens.

You can subscribe to our Mixcloud page for all of our monthly podcasts.

TIGERCATS GUEST DJ ON SAT 16TH JUNE

We’re back on Saturday 16th June at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Our guest DJs are Duncan Barrett and Paul Rains from Tigercats. They played a dancefloor filling DJ set at the club last year playing the likes of Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, The Slits, The Modern Lovers, Television, Sonic Youth, The Breeders and David Bowie. You can listen that playlist on our Spotify page. 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 Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shins . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . The Stooges . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Teleman . Television . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

You can buy cheaper advance tickets for £5 from WeGotTickets which guarantees entry. The price is £6 on the door.

PULP SPECIAL ON FRI 1ST JUNE

We’re back on Friday 1st June at The Victoria with a Pulp Special.

Our guest DJ is Bobby Foster from London’s top Britpop night Star Shaped. Check out one of his past Pulp playlists on our Spotify page. Expect the best from It, Freaks, Separations, His ‘N’ HersDifferent Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Lifeand more.

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

A Little Soul . Acrylic Afternoons . After You . Babies . Bad Cover Version . Bar Italia . Common People . Countdown . Death II . Disco 2000 . Dishes . Do You Remember the First Time? . Don’t You Want Me Anymore? . F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E . Glory Days . Happy Endings . Have You Seen Her Lately? . Help the Aged . I Spy . I Want You . I’m a Man . Joyriders . Last Day of the Miners’ Strike . Lipgloss . Little Girl (With the Blue Eyes) . Looking For Life . Master of the Universe . Mile End . Mis-Shapes . Monday Morning . My Legendary Girlfriend . My Lighthouse . P.T.A. . Party Hard . Pencil Skirt . Pink Glove . Razzmatazz . Seconds . She’s a Lady . Something Changed . Sorted For E’s & Wizz . Sunrise . Sylvia . The Day After the Revolution . The Fear . The Trees . They Suffocate At Night . This Is Hardcore . TV Movie . Underwear

Cheap £5 advance tickets are available from WeGotTickets. The price is £6 on the door.

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.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #80

We’re back with our latest podcast as we pick the best songs from the past month.

Hatchie releases her Sugar & Spice EP on Heavenly Recordings and we lead with “Sleep”.

Ex-Vöid are new band from featuring former Joanna Gruesome members and we have the excellent “Boyfriend” from their self-titled EP.

The Goon-Sax return with “She Knows” and Papernut Cambridge ready their new album Outstairs Instairs with “New Forever” out soon on Gare du Nord.

Taken By Trees are back with “Vibrant Colors” from the recent Yellow to Black LP. Former Allo Darlin’ drummer Mikey Collins breaks out with his debut single and there’s the latest from Manic Street Preachers and Gwenno.

We also have new material from Float, The Lovely Eggs, Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, Courtney Barnett and The Breeders.

Also on the podcast there’s Steven Adams & The French Drops, Trust Fund, Freschard & Stanley Brinks, Kacy & Clayton, Jonathan Bree, Jessica’s Brother and Group Listening.

You can subscribe to our Mixcloud page for all of our monthly podcasts.

ROBIN INCE GUEST DJS ON SAT 19TH MAY

We’re back on Saturday 19th May at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Our guest DJ is the comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince. Co-host of the Infinite Monkey Cage and Book Shambles, Robin DJed for us a few years ago. You can listen that playlist on our Spotify page. Expect anything from PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Savages, The Wedding Present, The Cure, Pixies and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. 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 Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shins . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . The Stooges . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Teleman . Television . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

You can buy cheaper advance tickets for £5 from WeGotTickets which guarantees entry. The price is £6 on the door.

SWEET BABOO ALLDAYER ON SAT 5TH MAY

Sweet Baboo headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits alldayer on Saturday 5th May at The Victoria.

Tickets are now on sale from WeGotTickets.

Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black. An eclectic and intriguing songwriter, Sweet Baboo is a master of gorgeous upbeat acoustic ditties, psychedelic exploration and wide-screen 1960’s pop. While likely to showcase material from across his impressively eclectic back catalogue, the set should borrow heavily from last year’s Wild Imagination, “the perfect pick-me-up to the winter of our discontent.” It was an album written as an antidote to our times, an attempt to free himself of negativity and dare to dream of a brighter tomorrow.

Musically, the record stepped away from the Harry Nilsson-esque love song of 2015’s The Boombox Ballads and into a world of positivity, the resultant music sounded like the missing middle ground between Arthur Russell and The Beach Boys. An intriguing artist, always pushing at the boundaries of any attempt to pigeonhole himself or his music, Sweet Baboo is firmly established as one of music’s most intriguing experimenters and most important voices.

On their recently released debut album, Fable Electric, London-quartet, Marine quickly set about living up to all the hype around them. Drawing comparison to the likes of Warpaint and PJ Harvey, Marine make the music of contrasts, driving beats and hypnotic a-melodic bass sit menacingly beneath intricate vocal harmonies and hook-laden guitar lines. Marine take the extraordinary stuff of legend and place it firmly into the everyday world that surrounds them, theirs is the sound of four different musicians growing through the cracks in the urban landscape and combining to something far greater than the sum of their parts.

One of Welsh music’s fastest rising new bands, Adwaith are the trio of Hollie, Gwenllian and Heledd. Loosely described as post-punk, Adwaith’s sound seems to trace a lineage of arty musical outsiders from The Slits through to Datblygu – whose member Patricia Morgan helped Adwaith develop their sound. The band have released a number of singles, showcasing various sides of their music from the wistful, folkish wonder of “Pwysau” to the more energetic alt-rock of “Haul” and the emotional beauty of recent single, “Fel I Fod”. Lyrically they tackle sexism, political injustice and personal crisis, flittering between English and Welsh with impressive ease.

Since their formation six years ago Young Romance have gone about building a reputation as a thrilling live prospect. Even before releasing any records they’d shared stages with the likes of Mystery Jets and Slow Club. Those early shows were time well spent; honing their sound which pairs Paolo’s searing, heavily effected guitar lines with Clare’s primal pounding drum beats, and heartbreaking, intricate vocals. They released their excellent debut album, Another’s Blood, back in 2016 and this will be a chance to hear material from the upcoming, as yet untitled follow-up.

Deerful is the solo-electronic project of indiepop academic, Emma Winston. Armed with an array of miniature synthesisers, Deerful’s sound is a combination of soaring choral vocals, and twitching processed beats. Debut album, Peach, came out last Summer on WIAIWYA, an album about affirming the ordinary and vital; it was a reminder that whatever was going on in the world, there are still tiny shared moments that make life still well worth celebrating.

Panic Pocket have wasted no time in making their mark on the London DIY-scene. Sophie and Natalie released their debut single back in January, showcasing a penchant for bedroom anti-folk and glitchy electro-pop. Cathartic songs about shaking off bad relationships, the life-changing nature of female-friendship and the perils of online dating, are all delivered with a wry sense of humour and an undeniable charm.

Red Red Eyes are the Cambridge-based duo of Laura McMahon and Xavier Watkins. Their sound is one of cinematic drones and intricate twanging guitars, as if Enio Morricone teamed up with Broadcast to write the soundtrack for the best post-apocalyptic film you’ll ever see. The band are set to release their debut album Horology in May, a record where soft, almost hushed vocals are accompanied by intricate, delicate guitars and waves of dark, melancholic synths.