Archive for May, 2012
It’s not very often we get tipped off about a hot band from South Africa. Until just now, we thought there wasn’t a great deal more than rugby and cricket that went on there (which is perhaps why they’ve been so strong at both pursuits historically), but low and behold, there is an indie scene nestled in the underground clubs of the nation’s larger cities.
Indeed, our friends Scoundrels have just been on tour over there for the first time (in an initiave to introduce international bands to the local market) and told us to check out Shadowclub, a rip roaring rock ‘n’ roll three piece from Johannesburg who opened up for them at the city’s Town Hall venue on 26 April.
Apparently, Shadowclub are a fairly big deal across SA – something that’s no doubt been aided by last year’s stadium support slots for none other than Kings Of Leon in Cape Town and Johannesburg, combined with a strong work ethic which has seen them trek across the country several times on their own steam.
Sound wise, this is unfiltered, dirty, foot-to-the-floor rock ‘n’ roll, no doubt inspired by the Followill clan’s earlier material (up to album no. 3, we’re guessing), Lou Reed, The Black Keys and Wolfmother – all of which we could see Shadowclub supporting and not bat an eyelid. It’s music for a night out on the tiles, rather than a period of introspection, we’d suggest, and we say three cheers to that. We also eagerly await the announcement of any European dates – which is something, according to a recent interview, they’re looking into.
Monday 28 May
Japandroids @ Old Blue Last FREE
My Tiger My Timing @ The Lexington FREE
Girls @ HMV Forum
Nikki And The Dove + Duologue @ XOYO (rescheduled date)
Beach Fossils @ Water Rats
Admiral Fallow @ Cargo
Smoke Fairies @ The Tabernacle
Tuesday 29 May
Kyla La Grange @ Village Underground
The Hundred In The Hands + Young Man @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
We Were Evergreen @ Bush Hall
Coves @ Power Lunches
The Crookes + China Rats @ The Borderline
Japandroids @ The Garage (Upstairs)
Wednesday 30 May
Broken Hands @ The Lexington
Willy Mason @ The Tabernacle
Reptile Youth + Paper Crows + Portasound + Black Hay @ Bull & Gate (Club Killing Moon)
Islet + Trophy Wife @ Birthdays
Fractures @ Aces & Eights Saloon Bar
Thursday 31 May
Alt-J (∆) @ Corsica Studios
Miike Snow + Alex Metric + Nikki And The Dove @ O2 Academy Brixton
Liam Bailey + Laura Welsh @ Notting Hill Arts Club (YoYo)
The Moulettes @ Bush Hall
Friday 1 June
Bob Mould + Cloud Nothings @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 2 June
Field Day Festival @ Victoria Park
Bushstock Festival @ Various Venues in Shepherd’s Bush
Brown Brogues + PINS @ Old Blue Last FREE
Cursive @ Cargo
Sunday 3 June
Wolf Alice + Shields + James Canty + Philipe Nash + Gabriel and the Hounds @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)
Despite the likes of Austin’s SXSW and Brighton’s The Great Escape being little more than industry piss ups, where buzz bands are more or less pre-determined, thus rendering the idea of walking into a venue and discovering an exciting new artist void at worst and unlikely at best, it’s refreshing to learn that this utopian notion remains possible.
Indeed, during The Great Escape a week or so back, we came across local folky singer-songwriter Jade Hopcroft, who captured our attention for a full thirty minutes during her set at Life by the seaside, where she opened the “Jeah” event (also featuring the likes of I Dream In Colour, Escapists, Draper, Dems and Worship) at around noon.
This was no mean feat, having stumbled out of bed half an hour previously after a long night of ‘networking’. The cobwebs were removed quickly: like all good singers, Jade’s vocal was the highlight here, all Stevie Nicks ripping through “Rhianon” meets Laura Marling taking on “New Romantic”, it possessed that great head-turning, move-away-from-the-bar ability. What’s more, her songs appeared to be well-written, concise and memorable, with “The Game” and “Saint” (below) being two particular stand out moments (the latter’s chorus ingrained itself into our consciousness and didn’t leave for quite some time).
To date, Jade has slowly been establishing herself on the Brighton and London scenes, and we expect her name to appear in many more places before the year is up if she continues in this vein. First up, we’ve booked to her to play at the London leg of Jake Mattison’s “Sorrow” single launch on 7 June, where she’ll open things up at around 8pm, if you needed any further incentive to attend.
After Jake Mattison‘s gig at a rainy Jubilee Square during Brighton’s Great Escape Festival last Thursday afternoon (10 May), our friends over at Beatwolf Magazine cornered him at The Mash Tun pub across the road for a chat about his influences and inspirations, the Manchester scene and touring with Emeli Sande last year, amongst a few other things.
Jake also performed a powerful, scruff-of-the-neck-grabbing version of his forthcoming debut single “Sorrow”, out on LFC Records in a few weeks, which left those in the room speechless. Check the interview and performance out above, and be sure to grab a copy of the 7″ vinyl on pre-order, because they’re flying out as we speak.
Jake’s next live shows are the “Sorrow” single launch parties on the 6th and 7th June, in Manchester and London respectively. Head over to our events page for further information and ticket details.
Monday 14 May
Haim @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE
The xx @ Electrowerkz
Andy Burrows @ Old Queens Head
The Front Bottoms @ Old Blue Last FREE
My Best Fiend @ The Lexington
Tuesday 15 May
The xx @ Chats Palace
Troumaca + The Night + Zena Kitt @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Gold Dust)
Icona Pop + Dante @ Electricity Showrooms (The Line Of Best Fit)
Israel Cannan @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)
Lower Dens + Porcelain Raft @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
Wednesday 16 May
Nikki & The Dove + Elliphant @ XOYO
Willis Earl Beal + Gwilym Gold @ The Tabernacle
Oliver Tank @ The Lock Tavern FREE
Bleached + Mazes @ The Shacklewell Arms
Bear In Heaven @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Emma Louise @ Electricity Showrooms FREE
Thursday 17 May
St. Lucia + Foxes + Savoir Adore + Yadi @ CAMP (Popshop UK)
The Lovely Eggs + Yukon Blonde @ Old Queens Head FREE
Zulu Winter + Duologue @ Boston Arms
Spector @ Electric Ballroom
Emma Louise @ Notting Hill Arts Club (YoYo)
Friday 18 May
The xx @ Battersea Arts Centre
Mystery Jets + Slow Club + Theme Park + Peace @ O2 Academy Brixton
New Ivory + Swim Deep @ Old Blue Last FREE
Concrete Knives @ Koko (Club NME)
The Barker Band @ The Wheelbarrow FREE
Saturday 19 May
Lone @ Plastic People (Dollop)
I Dream In Colour @ The Borderline
Born Blonde @ 93 Feet East
Sunday 20 May
A short while ago, South London quartet Mt. Wolf introduced themselves to the world with two impressive and accomplished demos, “Underground” and “Life Size Ghosts”. Reincarnated from a previous band, they arrived for round two with the same lineup – just with a new name, a new image and simply better songs. A tried and tested and often successful formula, this – see White Lies, The Vaccines and Swiss Lips before them (amongst a number of others who found the right alchemy at the second attempt).
Indeed, a few months in, things are starting to heat up. If our Twitter and Facebook feeds are to be believed, the outfit are very much the band of the moment. This bank holiday weekend just gone has seen them play two shows, one at Queen Of Hoxton, and one at XOYO, to much fanfare on the aforementioned social networks.
It’s not overly surprising – the tracks certainly live up to their venerable ‘dream folk’ / ‘folktronica’ billing – they’re beautiful, spacious compositions that call to mind people like Bjork, Ellie Goulding and James Yuill. “Underground” is a nailed-on dance floor hit, with a powerful chorus that we imagine would translate very well live, whilst “Life Size Ghosts” is one of those all-encompassing / completely-lose-your-bearings for its duration kind of tracks.
It’s Kate Sproule’s lead vocal that really sets the songs apart from the crowd, though – quirky and hypnotic and the same time, they have a real ace up their sleeve here that could potentially prove decisive in a notoriously crowded market for new bands.
Monday 7 May
Bowerbirds @ Cargo
Savoir Adore + Cut Ribbons + Good Dangers @ Queen Of Hoxton
I Like Trains @ The Borderline
Tuesday 8 May
Chet Faker @ The Social (Huw Stephens presents) FREE
Howler @ The Garage
Trailer Trash Tracys @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
YACHT @ XOYO
French Wives @ Bull & Gate
Wednesday 9 May
Amics Del Bosc + Maika Makovski + We Barbarians + Dante + School Is Cool @ Proud Camden (Music Week Breakout)
Gold & Youth + Eight And A Half @ The Lexington
Cloud Nothings @ Cargo
Milagres + Vadoinmessico + Peter & Kerry @ Barfly (XFM X-Posure)
Hoodlums + Look, Stranger! @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE
Thursday 10 May
The Black Belles @ Barfly
Aluna George + Chet Faker @ Notting Hill Arts Club (YoYo)
Houses @ The Lexington
Perfume Genius + Cate Le Bon @ St Pancras Old Church
Friday 11 May
THE GREAT ESCAPE – BRIGHTON
Ladyhawke @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Virals + Novella @ The Shacklewell Arms
The Front Bottoms + Being There @ Power Lunches
Retro Stefson + White Arrows @ Koko (Club NME)
Saturday 12 May
THE GREAT ESCAPE – BRIGHTON
Cocknbullkid @ The Macbeth
Sunday 13 May
THE GREAT ESCAPE – BRIGHTON
NZCA/Lines @ The Lock Tavern FREE
Well it wouldn’t be a proper single release without a big launch party, would it? In this case, we’ve decided to really push the boat out and throw TWO parties on consecutive nights (6 & 7 June), in Manchester and London respectively, so both sides of the Watford Gap can have a piece of Jake Mattison action.
Support in Manchester comes from Tawse, whilst Australia’s Israel Cannan will be opening up in London, all before Jake comes on to celebrate the release of his first ever single. There’ll be special guest DJ sets too, and we’ll most likely be dusting off our own 12 inches in time for the occasion.
Grab your tickets HERE (includes a ticket / 7″ vinyl deal) and be sure to let us know you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook events. If for some reason you can’t make either show but still want a seven inch, pre-order is now open here. There aren’t many tickets (or vinyls) at all, so be quick if you want in.