GHUM GUEST DJ ON SAT 22ND FEB

GHUM GUEST DJ ON SAT 22ND FEB

Tickets on sale for the club at The Shacklewell Arms

SUDS GIG ON SAT 7TH MARCH

SUDS GIG ON SAT 7TH MARCH

Support comes from Sprinters at The Victoria

TALKING HEADS SPECIAL ON SAT 7TH MARCH

TALKING HEADS SPECIAL ON SAT 7TH MARCH

Tickets on sale for the club at The Victoria

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #99

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #99

Featuring Wild Nothing, CIEL, Wire, Hinds and more

ADWAITH GIG ON SAT 4TH APRIL

ADWAITH GIG ON SAT 4TH APRIL

Support comes from Rose Tiger at The Victoria

CLUB DATES

CLUB DATES

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

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #93

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

Belle and Sebastian start us off with “Sister Buddha” from their forthcoming Days of the Bagnold Summer soundtrack album.

Africa Express collaborate on the wonderful “Johannesburg” and we have “Must I Evolve?” by Jav Is… alongside the latest from L I P S and Younghusband.

Frankie Cosmos has announced a new LP called Close It Quietly out on Sub Pop and we feature the lead single “Windows”.

Peaness release “Breakfast” and we have new tracks from Rosehip Teahouse, bdrmm and Melby who play our gig night later this year.

WILDES put out the atmospheric “True Love” plus Molly Linen, Jeremy Warmsley, Great Silkie and Freschard.

Also on the podcast there’s Newmoon, Schande, Gemini Sun, Lightning Bug and Thom Yorke.

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GHUM GIG ON SAT 1ST JUNE

GHUM headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Saturday 1st June at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Alex Chilltown.

Originally from locations as diverse as Spain, Brazil and the musical hotbed of Essex, GHUM have since gone on to become one of the most exciting bands in the fertile London DIY-scene. The band initially formed when band-member Marina put an advert on Gumtree, and the quarter bonded over a shared love for The Cure, Warpaint and PJ Harvey.

The band caught the ear of many with their self-titled EP back in 2017 and have gone on to take their post-punk-grunge-goth across both the UK and Europe, including dates with the likes of Dream Wife and L.A. Witch as well as taking to the mainstage at last year’s Indietracks Festival. Recent double-A single, I’m the Storm/Undone saw them team up with Everything Sucks Music; harnessing their throbbing bass-lines, complex beats and new wave influenced guitars to their most emotionally honest lyrics to date. A recent sold out show at Bermondsey Social Club confirmed GHUM’s reputation as one of the most exciting new bands London has to offer, and an act you don’t want to miss.

Alex Chilltown is the musical moniker of suburban Londoner Josh Esaw, who started sharing his music with the world back in 2013 and has been making textural, hypnotic, indie-sadcore ever since. Alex Chilltown’s music explores ideas of self-identity and how we can interpret what all the noise around us really means. Josh has always been joined by a revolving cast of musicians to make his musical sketches come true, culminating in the 2017 EP, Eaten Up By Nothing, which saw them catch the ear of everyone from Gold Flake Paint to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

With new material coming rapidly onto the horizon, Alex Chilltown is ready to achieve his musical ambitions to embrace complex, weird, and messy ideas, and one day debate Matty from the 1975 on the merits of postmodernism. Unique, intriguing and just a little bit odd, a trip into the world of Alex Chilltown is one well worth taking.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #92

Our monthly podcast is back with our selection of the best new music.

Hot Chip are set to release their seventh album A Bath Full of Ecstasy and we begin with the magnificent “Melody of Love”.

Cate Le Bon returns with “Home to You” from Reward and there’s the latest single from Patience.

Trash Kit put out “Horizon” from their forthcoming LP on Upset the Rhythm and we have the brilliant “Get Up” from GHUM’s The Coldest Fire EP.

Ezra Furman and Sleater-Kinney are readying new albums and we feature “Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone” and “Hurry on Home”.

There’s the new Pixies track “On Graveyard Hill” plus Seablite, Richard Hawley, Keel Her, Whitelands and Rozi Plain.

Also on the podcast there’s Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, Ralegh Long, Goddesses, The Leaf Library, The Ballet and Alice Hubble.

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SAVAGE MANSION GIG ON SAT 11TH MAY

Savage Mansion headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Saturday 11th May at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Schande.

Savage Mansion is the current project of Glasgow-based purveyor of scuzzy slacker rock, Craig Angus. Originally working under the Poor Things moniker, Craig became a well established figure on the Glasgow DIY-scene, carrying much of the excitement and energy from that world into his own musical output. After crashing into our musical consciousness with debut EP, Document, back in 2018, Savage Mansion’s place at the forefront of British guitar-music was cemented with the sparkling debut album, Revision Ballads, released back in February on Lost Map.

Revision Ballads is an album unafraid to wear it’s influences proudly for the world to see; The Velvet Underground’s no-fi swagger, Pavement’s easy, sing-speak vocals, R.E.M.’s shimmering guitar tones. Lyrically the tracks are literate and often quietly comical, flittering from Elwood’s personal musings on childhood tormentors to the more politically charged Dog O’Tears, Craig’s rambling response to the rise of xenophobia on our streets. Breathing new life into their timeless influences, Savage Mansion might just be your new favourite band.

Schande started back in 2002 as the solo project of principle songwriter, Jen Schande, before quickly expanding into a full band courtesy of a steady stream of mostly three-lettered named band members (current bandmates Gio and Cat are prime examples). Their latest offering of driving-melodic indie rock came recently in the shape of a brand new EP, Pedigree, released via Everything Sucks Music.

Pedigree was penned during a period where Jen was struggling with her mental health issues, a theme explored across the record. Clearly You Do muses on the isolation affect of anxiety, Fancy Trolley reflects on the exhaustion that comes from panic attacks, while Community Theatre is a celebration of seeking help. While Pedigree, comes from a place of darkness, it is not a record that wants to glorify that, instead it is laced with a hidden positivity, the feeling that we all deserve to be hopeful that things can get better. With that positive, determined attitude to overcome challenges and struggles, what’s next for Schande? “What isn’t?”

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #91

Our podcast returns with our selection of the best new music from the past month.

Mammoth Penguins release their new album There’s No Fight We Can’t Both Win and we kick off with “You Just Carry On”.

Freschard is back with the fantastic “Fire” from one of our favourite LPs of the year.

Savage Mansion and Schande play our gig night this month and we have their latest tracks “Do You Say Hello to Your Neighbours?” and “Clearly You Do”.

L I P S have put out their brilliant self-titled EP on Sunday Records and we lift “Sunken” from that plus there’s “S.L.E.E.P” from Annie Taylor.

We have “Light Year’s” from The National and the beautiful “Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Hard” by Jens Lekman from his recent Correspondence album with Annika Norlin.

Plus there’s the latest from Sacred Paws, Rose Elinor Dougall, Witching Waves, Tempertwig, Personal Best and Courtney Barnett.

Also on the podcast there’s Hatchie, Jeanines, Elva, Edwyn Collins, Amy Studt and David Callahan.

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AVERAGE SEX GIG ON SAT 6TH APRIL

Average Sex headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Saturday 6th April at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Secret Power.

Over the last few years London-based quintet Average Sex have emerged as one of the fastest rising bands on the UK indie-scene. They make youthful, exhilarating power-pop gems, telling instantly relatable stories of finding love, falling out of love and living your best life.

The band have so far shared a pair of well received EP’s on Tim Burgess’ O Genesis Recordings. Their debut Ice Cream EP drew comparisons to the likes of Alvvays and The Shop Assistants and last year’s Melodie EP saw the band tour Europe with The Charlatans.

Formed in 2017 Secret Power have since expanded to a three piece band and honed their live show playing sets around Brighton and London. This year looks like it’s going to be a break-out one for the band, with a slot supporting Big Joanie on their upcoming UK tour, as well as the release of their debut EP on For the Sake of Tapes.

The EP is a showcase of the variety of influences that collide to create Secret Power’s sound; from angular post-punk to girl group harmonies and a love for all things reverby.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #90

Our new music podcast is back with our pick of the best tracks from the past month.

We start with “The Girls Are Chewing Gum” from the debut Patience album out next month on Night School Records.

The Ballet are back with the brilliant “But I’m a Top” from their forthcoming Matchy Matchy LP on Fika Recordings and there’s the new single “Daylight Matters” from Cate Le Bon.

Keel Her makes a welcome return with “No Control” from her eagerly awaited second album With Kindness alongside Rozi Plain’s wonderful “Conditions”.

We lift the wistful “Crepuscular Child” from The Proper Ornaments latest LP and Olden Yolk put out “Cotton & Cane”.

There’s new material from Ezra Furman, Cowboy Flying Saucer, Drahala, The Harmaleighs, Ex Hex and Richard Hawley.

Also on the podcast there’s Rose Ette, Worst Place, The Catenary Wires, Lambchop, Marissa Nadler, Mac DeMarco and Lucy Rose.

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PROTECTION SPELLS GIG ON FRI 1ST MARCH

Protection Spells headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits gig night on Friday 1st March at The Victoria.

Entry is free and support comes from Whitelands.

London-trio Protection Spells may only just be getting started but they’re already leaving quite the impression. Their 2017 EP, Daughter of Gold, was an intriguing introduction, while their latest single, Bleed Through Sheet, came good on all that promise. Their take on what they describe as, “witchy dreampop”, has already seen the band support the likes of Jane Weaver and Jess Williamson.

Discussing Bleed Through Sheet, chief songwriter Gwen Austin has suggested it’s one of many songs written about the nativity, in her own words, the track, “imagines the relationship between Mary and the Holy Ghost as heard by Mary’s mother Anne through her bedroom wall”. Musically, the track is an intriguing fusing of sounds, Gwen’s folk-tinged vocals are given a more modern spin through the intricate shoegazey haze created by her bandmates. There’s something both eerie and intriguing about Protection Spells music, expect a lot more people to fall for their incantations in the coming months.

Whitelands is the musical project of Etienne; beginning as something to do at lunchtime in sixth form, before quickly becoming a lot more serious with 2018 seeing the release of both an EP, Old News, and a self-titled debut album. Etienne’s blend of shoegaze and indiepop caught the ears of many, receiving radio play on both sides of the Atlantic as well as a well received set at Indietracks. Closing off a monumental year for Whitelands, Etienne released a brand new single Fluoxetine, a reflection on a personal battle with depression and the wider issue of our societies failure to talk about mental health. The track marked a thrilling new direction from a prolific and intriguing new voice on the DIY-scene.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #89

We’re back with our new music podcast featuring our pick of tracks from the past month.

Hatchie releases her debut album Keepsake on Heavenly Recordings this summer and we kick off with the lead single “Without a Blush”.

The National return with “You Had Your Soul With You” taken from their forthcoming I Am Easy to Find LP and we have the excellent new tracks from Mammoth Penguins and Witching Waves.

Elva is a new venture from Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin’ and Ola Innset of Making Marks and Sunturns. We have their first song “Athens” alongside Laura Stevenson and Anna Burch.

Edwyn Collins is set to put out his ninth solo album this month and we lift “Outside” from that plus Foundlings, Hanya and Jeremy Tuplin.

There’s also new material from Teenage Fanclub, Bill Ryder-Jones, Robert Rotifer and Holiday Ghosts.

Also on the podcast there’s Siobhan Wilson, Sad Girls Aquatics Club, We Are All & Alex Kapranos, Two Tribes and Johnny Marr.

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