Posts Tagged ‘Pushing Hands’

Festive tidings

Hey Laura have joined the bill for our Christmas show on Tuesday 14 December. Get down early for this one – doors open at 7:30pm.


LFC dj set at Communion: Sunday 7 November

We’re DJing at Communion at Notting Hill Arts Club on Sunday 7 November. Expect the usual Laissez-Faire mix of whatever sounds good, new and old – which usually means everything from Neil Young to The Police to LCD Soundsystem to Crystal Fighters. On the bill are our good pals Pushing Hands, who’ll be main support to hotly-tipped Aussies Cloud Control, who sound like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Local Natives, with added Antipodean quirkiness. They’re expected to blow up in 2011 after recently putting pen to paper with Infectious (home to The Temper Trap and Local Natives), so you might as well check them out now in a 200-capacity venue for the future bragging rights, if nothing else…

Check out “Gold Canary”, a Cloud Control single from early 2010:

…and Pushing Hands playing “Bully” at their 3rd ever show at Laissez Faire Club @ The Lock Tavern in August:

Pushing Hands – Bully from Scott Taylor on Vimeo.

New LFC show: The Windmill 17 September + Let’s Buy Happiness MP3

On Friday 17 September, Laissez Faire Club is returning to the “gloriously lowdown, coolfuck venue” (Time Out) The Windmill in Brixton, South London, where it all started almost four years ago when we put on our first ever live night featuring New York’s Five O’Clock Heroes.

Let’s Buy Happiness, one of the hottest bands in the North East and winners of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition (previous victors have included The Subways, Golden Silvers and We Have Band) earlier this year, are travelling to London to play their first ever show in the capital. This is something we’ve been trying to arrange with them for some months, so we’re pretty chuffed to finally get a date in the diary.

Support comes from brand new “night pop” duo Alpines (the new project of former LFC stars Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews), Vancouver BC’s wondrous Yukon Blonde (over in the UK for the first time ever) and new London band Pushing Hands, who we’ve already shouted about in a previous blog post. I know we probably say this every time we put a show on, but this really is the best lineup we’ve ever strung together. Honest.

Please let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event here. Tickets are a mere £4 in advance (It’ll be £5 day of show) and can be booked via WeGotTickets. We advise buying now as this is set to be a pretty lively evening, and we want you to get in and see all the bands!

In the run up to the gig, the headliners are giving away (in exchange for an Email address) a track called Devil Show, which featured on their superb Not Hot Ashes EP, which came out in November last year. Click below to listen to and download the song.

<a href="">Devil Show by Let&#8217;s Buy Happiness</a>

Pushing Hands: MP3 + LFC show!

We’re always on the lookout for new, ear-grabbing talent here at LFC HQ, so when it falls in our lap via a perfunctory MySpace browse, it makes it all the more exciting.

We came across new London band Pushing Hands the other day whilst surfing the aforementioned site, and what immediately struck us was their nonchalant, laid back way around a catchy, perfectly formed pop song. Take for example “Cold Hands”, by all accounts an indie hit in waiting, it’s all over in under three minutes and guaranteed to stick in your head a hell of a lot longer.

Their influences range from seminal US Indie of the 90s (Yo La Tengo, Pavement) to current UK favourites Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees, with singer Freddie Webb’s delicate croon certainly coming across Jack Steadman or Orlando Weeks at times (Think BBC’s “Always Like This” or The Maccabees’ “Toothpaste Kisses”). This is of course no bad thing in itself, and with more songs the quality of the three available to the public at the moment, it won’t be long until Pushing Hands are referenced when bloggers and journos attempt to describe bands of the future.

As far as we can see, they’ve played one gig to date – a well received debut show at Hoxton’s Underbelly earlier this month – and in line with what we’ve always tried to do, we’ve attempted to strike whilst the iron is hot and have invited them to play our next show at The Lock Tavern on Thursday 19 August. Alongside their scheduled live set, they’ll also be playing some of their favourite records later on, so get your slacker rock hat on and head on down the disco. We’ll see you there.

MP3: Pushing Hands – Cold Hands

Past LFC performance