Dignan Porch are veterans of the UK-DIY scene, making waves since the early psych-pop home recordings of bandleader Joe Walsh began circulating online back in 2010. They quickly garnered a reputation for their raw and energetic live show, and the genre-spanning recordings, which alternate between jangling noise-pop and melancholic minimalism. They’ve gone on to release a string of records via beloved labels like Captured Tracks, Faux Discs and Art Is Hard, growing a loyal fanbase along the way.
Joe relocated to Manchester in 2019, his first time living outside of South London, and threw himself into the local scene, lining up with some fellow musicians to find a practice space in the Northern Quarter, where he would end up recording his latest record, Electric Threads. An album of pop melodies, psychedelic song structures and cathartic bursts of noise, it was classic Dignan Porch, Joe performing everything on his own, bar a few emailed parts from his brother and bandmate Sam. A compulsive music maker, Joe notes, “I don’t see it ending, it’s one few things in life I don’t have to force myself to do”, and when you’re still sounding this good, why would you ever stop?
Although they’re signed to the Los Angeles DIY artist-run label Spirit Goth Records, Atmos Bloom are actually based on this side of the Atlantic with bandmates Curtis Paterson and Tilda Gratton calling London home. Last year saw the band share their mini-album Flora, a seven-strong collection of dreamy, gazy wonderfulness, and recently they shared their brilliant new single “Sea Legs”. The band marked out 2023 as a year for getting out on the road and sharing their music with the world, an invitation you’d be well servied to take them up on.