Hatcham Social are the creative partnership of brothers Toby and Finn Kidd. Starting with an idea of utopian anarchism from the pages of an art theory textbook, they wanted to fuse the anger and anarchy of punk with a lyrical absurdity born of Dada and a messy pop sensibility. After a string of furiously catchy and scratchy DIY singles, they went into the studio with Faris Badwan from The Horrors where they recorded the single “So So Happy Making”. Soon after they signed to Fierce Panda in the UK and TBD Records in the USA and recorded their Tim Burgess produced debut album, You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil.
Fuelled by some suitably precocious press support they went on to release three more LPs and gig extensively over Europe. After a five-year hiatus, in 2022 they released the career-spanning We Are the Weirdos celebrating best and lost singles with unreleased tracks including Baxter Dury produced “Hypnotised Terrible Eyes”.
Hailing from South East London, Buggs first emerged in the spring of 2020 with their debut single, “Nick Gowland”, released via Sad Club Records. With a sound pitched somewhere between The Breeders and The Beach Boys, the band have already caught the ear of Green Man Festival who invited them to play last summer, which coincided with the release of their second single, “Flaws”. Combining forensic introspection, with surrealist imagery and flourishes of comedic joy, the band use song to explore the best and worst of human nature and deliver it via the medium of song.